May 23, 2008

Here's a "radical feminist" argument for why heterosexual marriage should receive a place of legal privilege in comparison to whatever tolerated legal arrangements the US makes for homosexual relations.

In entering in to heterosexual marriage, women must assume greater personal risk than women who have lesbian relationships or men who have gay relationships.

The qualification and quantification of the risk could take various forms.

Go read The Diplomad: About Those "Highly Educated" Voters, for yet another indictment of our edumacational system. You can elide the implied criticism of Obama voters if you like.

Its a good follow-on to Craig Wilson's column in USA Today on the topic of gaps in cultural knowledge (like someone who actually didn't know what Christmas was)

May 22, 2008

From boardgamegeek comes the popular geeklist Lessons Learned While Demoing Games at a Non-Gaming Convention. I looked at this and didn't realize at first it was from a homeschooler promoting game-play. In response to the point that it isn't intuitively obvious to all families that boardgames are a good family activity, someone says
I did the homeschool convention circuit for more than a decade while working for a curriculum publisher, and at first it really surprised me how many people didn't necessarily agree with "books = awesome."

Well, that's not entirely true. But to have people say that "Little House on the Prairie" was not a good story because sometimes Laura was disobedient...

May 16, 2008

D. A. Carson is interviewed by Derek Thomas on Ref 21, on the perennial topic of "Christ and Culture". I liked particularly Carson's point about how the "givens" of western democracy are way too influential on how we think about Christ and Culture. That's actually one of the finest things about theonomy: it causes us to at least reflect on life in another "given" ancient israel.

But then Carson says
But many of those who speak easily and fluently of redeeming the culture soon focus all their energy shaping fiscal and political policies and the like, and merely assume the gospel. A gospel that is merely assumed, that does no more than perk away in the background while the focus of our attention is on the 'redemption' of the culture in which we find ourselves, is lost within a generation or two.
I dunno. Who does he mean? Who are the "top 10" Christian culture warriors, and how is this evidenced?

ALL their energy? Really?

May 14, 2008

From the 1930s comes a form for rating your adequacy as a wife or husband, with a detailed list of merits and demerits.

Tests for Husbands and Wives

May 13, 2008

When a select portion of the few readers of my blog want to see...

P. J. O'Rourke's commencement address Fairness, idealism and other atrocities recommends reading the Bible for a key piece of political advice
The Bible is very clear about one thing: Using politics to create fairness is a sin. Observe the Tenth Commandment. The first nine commandments concern theological principles and social law: Thou shalt not make graven images, steal, kill, et cetera. Fair enough. But then there's the tenth: 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.'

Here are God's basic rules about how we should live, a brief list of sacred obligations and solemn moral precepts. And, right at the end of it we read, 'Don't envy your buddy because he has an ox or a donkey.' Why did that make the top 10? Why would God, with just 10 things to tell Moses, include jealousy about livestock?

Well, think about how important this commandment is to a community, to a nation, to a democracy. If you want a mule, if you want a pot roast, if you want a cleaning lady, don't whine about what the people across the street have. Get rich and get your own.

I didn't like it when Bill Clinton talked about giving america a "New Covenant". And I don't like it when Obama rewrites 1 Corinthians 13.

May 10, 2008

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Obama Needs a History Lesson: "In defending his stated intent to meet with America's enemies without preconditions, Sen. Obama said: 'I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did.'

That he made this statement, and that it passed without comment by the journalists covering his speech indicates either breathtaking ignorance of history on the part of both, or deceit."

May 09, 2008

May 07, 2008

NPR has a discussion with Janice Hale, who was the foundation of Jeremiah Wright's claims about black and white brains, and black children's subject oriented vs object oriented learning style.

Hale says Wright is correct, but then immediately back away from a discussion of "brains" to a discussion of culture.

I wonder if she'll talk about why that doesn't fly because one of the goals/purposes of public education is homogeneity of culture.

May 06, 2008

Rick Phillips writes Did You Know that Pentecost is this Sunday?

I could be flip and answer, "No, I didn't, because I go to the church where Rick Phillips preached this."

But that would be flip.

Could Instruments Be Idols? R. Scott Clark for A capella psalmody.

May 01, 2008

Paul Washer - Shocking Message is a sermon from a Southern Baptist Evangelist on the requirement of holiness for true Christian salvation.

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