Thursday Highlights

Good mid-day?

  1. I for one have never been a member of a non-small church.
  2. Of gymnastics in Belorus today.
  3. War and life, and being consistent.
  4. Here and there and Mumbai.
  5. Kiddie soldiers and the ICC.
  6. Are Jews closer to Islam in their beliefs?
  7. Hints for blogging.
  8. I got this book during the holidays … in a few weeks, I’m traveling again … I’m looking forward to reading it.
  9. On that affirmative action thing.
  10. Dostoevsky on the individual.
  11. Focus for your tolerance.
  12. Marx attribution faked. Why?
  13. Gene Robinson’s multi-religion prayer considered (in advance of that actual prayer). Or a view of how real-life philosophers pare down the “stupid or evil” choice.
  14. So who’d blink first?
  15. It’s not just cold in Chicago it seems.
  16. I was there this summer, but a hockey game … hmm.
  17. Ms Paglia on Ms Couric.
  18. I don’t really thing the idea of a postulant is all that new.
  19. Memory eternal, a death noted.

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  1. Are Jews closer to Islam in their beliefs?

    No question, at least for the Orthodox Jews. For one thing, both groups are actual monotheists, instead of trinitarians. For another, the practices are much more similar. Halal/kosher, praying 3 times a day vs 5 times a day, etc. Christianity is to Judaism as Mormonism is to (traditional) Christianity. Islam is to Judaism as Roman mythology is to Greek.

    The whole “Judeo-Christian” thing is a political idea more than a religious one. The idea is that, well it’s not JUST Christian beliefs that we’re trying to force on all Americans — even Jews agree! And who else matters?

  2. Actually, it’s interesting that according to various rabbis, Islam is certainly not idolatry under Jewish law, but Christianity might be. This is because of the whole monotheism/trinitarianism thing.

  3. Boonton says:

    Marx attribution faked. Why?

    I would suggest a combination of all the below (plus whatever else you can think of)

    1. Marx is one of those people that many have heard of but most know about him only in summaries of his writings. Very few people have actually read his work extensively….but they know enough to imagine his work consists of many thick volumns. This makes it easier to pass off a fake quote.

    2. The fake quote has an odd bipartisan appeal. To the left it makes it sound like maybe Marx had gotten at least one observation about capitalism right. To the right it reinforces the meme that the bialout/TARP is really socialism sneaking it’s way into the tent.

    3. The fakery is well crafted. To the many people who don’t know much about Marx (see #1), it sounds like something he would say. Capitalism generating crises, socialism a foregone conclusion etc.

    3. a Coupled with the above, there’s the ‘gee whiz’ element. Isn’t it amazing that someone writing so long ago got something so dead on.

    I think the way misinformation spreads on the internet is fascinating. I know if some sharp person were to study it they could produce a really fascinating book on the subject.