NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at age 83.
A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke.
He had suffered what was described as a mild stroke in January 2010 and had a heart pacemaker implanted in 2013 but continued to perform.
Daniels, a singer, guitarist and fiddler, started out as a session musician, even playing on Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" sessions. Beginning in the early 1970s, his five-piece band toured endlessly, sometimes doing 250 shows a year.
quote:Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
It's not enough to bash in heads, you've got to bash in minds soon I discovered that this rock thing was true Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet All of a sudden i found myself in love with the world And so there was only one thing I could do Was ding a ding dang my dang along ling long - Jesus Built my Hotrod Ministry Live every week like it's Shark Week! - Tracey Jordan Just a monkey in a long line of kings. - Matthew Good If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - Get Your War On *not an actual doctor
quote:I’m sad to announce that Glenn Morton, the geophysicist and former creation scientist who eventually became a critic of creationism, and who coined the term “Morton’s Demon”, died on August 5 after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
I first heard of Glenn R. Morton from Robert Schadewald's report on his presentation at the 1986 International Conference on Creationism (ICC). Here is what I wrote about him on my site (Creation/Evolution Links):
quote:It was Glenn R. Morton's story that first made me aware of the deliterious effects of "creation science" on its followers' faith and how it can literally destroy their faith. Glenn R. Morton used to be a young-earth creationist and had originally learned geology through creationist sources. Then when he started working as a petroleum geologist he had to deal daily with rock-hard geological facts that directly contradicted what creation science had taught him and that he had been taught could not exist if Scripture were to have any meaning. This drove him to the brink of becoming an atheist and he would have gone over that brink if he hadn't arrived at an approach to attempt a scientifically accurate harmonization.
Morton had created a fairly extensive web site which contained many articles about geological evidence and how it relates to what "creation science" claims (ie, the evidence disproves those claims) as well as testimonials from people whose faith was either lost or nearly lost because of creation science and some reports from "intelligent design" conferences. That site was an excellent resource, but then he took it down when he became upset that some atheists were using it to attack Christianity.
Fortunately, a number of his pages were archived by other sites and reposted, though finding a specific one can be something of a scavanger hunt. For example:
providing a short bio followed by several links to some of his articles which OEM archived on their site.
That includes Morton's two personal testimonials detailing his deconversion from young-earth creationism:
Young-Earth Arguments: A Second Look. Courtesy of the WayBackMachine web archive, it's a good article from 1998 which counters a number of claims despite being short: "Are Radioactive Dates Wrong?", "Varves", "Pollen in the varves", "Carbon 14 and Varves", "Buried River Channel", "THE SHRINKING SUN", "Supernova 1987A proves the speed of light has been constant for 170,000 years", "10 years of Root Growth from 7,000 feet down".
Second, it has a list of about 50 links to his other articles, almost all of them dealing with the Flood and the actual geological evidence. Unfortunately, not all of them work.
I had to read this and was surprised at what I found. A living and vibrant community that was as loving towards each other as any church. Here are some of the comments about his passing. No more fitting of a Eulogy could ever be expressed:
“Be good to each other.” Some of Ed’s last words to us. The irony here is that this is really the crux of the Bible: “Love your neighbor.” And yet so many Christians dicker endlessly about who counts as their neighbor. Meanwhile, the humanist community lives this essential Christian value better than most alleged Christians. I never met Ed, but Ed was my neighbor. Ed’s humor, skepticism, and humanity live on in all of us who were part of this community.
I started reading Ed back in his Science Blogs days, and have always been impressed with his sheer productivity. At his peak here he was writing 12 posts a day. He was truly indefatigable in his prime, and sometimes it was hard to keep up. Because of his deep commitment to the advancement of equality for all humankind, this brilliant man's untimely death diminishes us all. It is up to us to pick up the sword and continue the fight.
I may not have been a regular commentator, but I did enjoy reading your blog. It is very sad to hear this. I hope that your passing away is painless and peaceful. Goodbye
And I just want to say this: I know that we squabble and fuss over Belief, Unbelief, and the importance of it all for humans, but I must say that I am learning more each time I read some of the comments from the other side from my beliefs. You guys are better "Christians" than the so-called real Christians.
And my God, if GOD exists surely sees this and loves you every bit as much as any one of us. jar might be right. The goats just might be mostly "Christians".
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain " *** “We must realize that the Reformation world view leads in the direction of government freedom. But the humanist world view with inevitable certainty leads in the direction of statism. This is so because humanists, having no god, must put something at the center, and it is inevitably society, government, or the state.”- Francis A. Schaeffer
“The whole war between the atheist and the theist comes down to this: the atheist believes a 'what' created the universe; the theist believes a 'who' created the universe.” - Criss Jami, Killosophy