Thursday, April 27, 2006
has this to say about United 93
"I agree with Schwarzbaum. There is no "SHOULD" here. For some it will be rewarding. For others, it would only tear scabs off of wounds."
Thank heavens we didn't have that pathetic attitude towards Pearl Harbor, or else we'd have lost that war. The notion that we must avoid this sort of thing is, dare I say, weak. I'll not see my children raised in a world where we remain afraid to confront the realities and threats posed by an unrelenting enemy.
John Podhoretz offers this review
of the movie, saying:
"There's a lot of talk about whether Americans are "ready" to see a movie about 9/11. Some of that talk is doubtless due to the same attitude that says Americans can't possibly stomach seeing footage of the crashes, or the buildings falling. Such infantilization is an insult both to Americans, who are perfectly capable of handling such things, and to the memories of those who perished in the attacks, whose public murders are being treated as though they had been quiet and private deaths."
Yes. The notion that we are "not ready" is indeed insulting.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Lately I've thought about O'Sullivan's First Law
. This rule states that any organization that "all organizations that are not actually right wing will over time become left wing." John Leo talked about it here
. Loosely translated, organizations that are not specifically dedicated to certain propositions usually drift towards liberalism. And by the phrase "certain propositions," I don't mean a bland commitment to "equality" and "fairness."
I often wonder about this in regard to the Church. There's so much talk these days about dialogue with one another. I agree that believers should be open-minded, but at what point do we agree that, on a number of issues, there is nothing left to discuss? We can theorize about a lot of things, but either abortion-on-demand is wrong or it isn't. That says nothing about how we treat others; it just says that we believe certain things without apology. Either Scripture means what it teaches about sexual morality, or it doesn't. And my fear is that as we get bogged down into dialogue, we will talk ourselves into oblivion. Dialoguing to consensus has become a trend of sorts in evangelical cirlces. What troubles me is that so few seem willing to recognize the process as the product of Hegelian-Marxist thought. A process, by the way, used most effectively by the Politburo.
Call that a slander if you like, but history is history. Awful big coincidence that those Christians who are most encouraging dialogue above all else are also political leftists. Just saying is all.
So what do we do? I believe we can dialogue with non-Christians about all sorts of things. I think a great many in my generation will not come to Christ through an alter call or a revival service. They will come to Christ over coffee and in discussion groups. But as for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we must not waver on foundations. If the dialogue is aimed at questioning orthodoxy, I fear that we do indeed dignify those questions by our willingness to offer a response.
So I can dialogue with my nonbelieving friends, but within the bounds of the Church, at some point, sooner or later, after 2000 years...some things are true. We no longer question them; we affirm. If they're not true, then, let's pack it all up and buy season tickets to the Colts.
A few monents of talk before diving into a manic revision of a research paper.
I've made some stunning finds at used bookstores lately. I'm not talking about collector's stores. I'm talking about "friends of the library" sort of places where the books are only a dollar or two. And I've found very nice things; William F. Buckley first editions, cheap paperbacks by Dos Passos and Dostoyevsky. This works well for me because it allows me to build a library very cheaply.
It also turns me into something of a crank.
I've tried to be thrifty as of late, in order to save for marriage and just to practice general wisdom with my funds. The problem is that I find myself incapable of paying more than five dollars for a book or a cd. I all but refuse to buy a new dvd, and I'll probably do the same thing with clothes. I don't mean to imply that this is a bad thing; just a new development. Of course, being a crank may not be such a bad thing if it allows me to store away my money for a rainy day or for some charitable giving when the need arises.
And I've got a growing library, to boot. I can live with that.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Lately I've found a couple of articles online that debunk the notion that Martin Luther and the Wesleys used tavern songs as a basis for their hymns. Apparently it's all a myth.
What a relief. I'm tired of hearing trite "worship" songs justified on the basis that heroes of the faith used similar formulas. I should memorize these arguments as a rebuttable the next time I hear a U2 ripoff presented as a worship song.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Perhaps it is the end of the semester, but I am suffering from a severe case of boredom. Politics is becoming increasingly dull, though I suppose I'll feel more fiesty when the elections roll around this fall. Right now I'd just like to take a walk and not worry about any of this madness.
Maybe I'll post some links that I enjoy. I think I will. In a little while.
All this NFL draft talk is nauseating.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
One quick post before I get to work.
First, last night I dreamt that I ran into Newt Gingrich in the men's room.
Second, a month or so back there was used book sale on campus. I'll tell you the books I purchased later, but in one book - a copy of William F. Buckley's Atlantic High
, I believe - I found a postcard. It is bookmarked July 19, 1981. Almost twenty-five years ago. It reads:
I'll write soon, but for now a card to say I miss you, especially laughing with you as we bounce back and from between the sacred and profane in life. I'm gotten too introspective and serious as a solitary. Heard that H. wrote to you, wonderful! Remember to contact me when you and B. come to camp.
Sent from coastal New England.
Monday, April 17, 2006
I'm thinking more and more about taking down most of this site, or at least making this site completely apolitical. Too many students and professors are being affected by their blogs, losing jobs and other positions. I'm not sure it's worth the risk.
Maybe I'll stick to book reviews.
A few quick notes.
This past weekend was wonderful, a beautiful spring celebration at Eastertime. How thankful I am for the Cross that covers a multitude of sins. And for a family that loves me dearly.
I am frantically working to finish a very long and important seminar paper. And in all honesty, I am thinking of little else this week. This collection of Bach cello suites is keeping me company.
Three or so more weeks until summer. No school, though I'll work hard at various other jobs. And I will read many, many books. My goal for the summer is ten. We shall see.
Ah, the sunburns will soon commence!
Watched Pride and Prejudice
the other night. A fine movie.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
For better or for worse...this is the music that has defined the last ten years of my life. Obviously it could be a longer list, but this is a start. Cheers.Create your own Music List @ HotFreeLayouts!
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Lord I'm tired. I was up late talking about bluegrass and theology with my fiance.
Friday, April 07, 2006
When Don Miller and his pals like Lauren Winner endorsed a book by Barbara Ehrenreich, I wonder if they were also approving of nonsense like this
And just a reminder, this is not an attack on Miller's love for Jesus. Just Miller's politics. If he's going to put it out there, it deserves comment.
The death of Maggie Dixon is just heartbreaking. Read this
Sunday, April 02, 2006
The iMonk has a masterful piece about tongue piercing.
I wish more Christian leaders thought like this.