Tuesday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Questioning a charge.
  2. Cinema exposing life.
  3. Queen Ketevan.
  4. Some wise words on chastity.
  5. Ephraim! (for those who don’t know, St. Ephraim is the Chrismation Saint I chose when I converted to Orthodoxy).
  6. Is Atheism a religion?
  7. A teachers manifesto.
  8. Lower and higher criticism and Islam.
  9. Populism, an attempt at a categorization.
  10. Trained parrot? Get with the times, that German precognitive octopus is far far better.
  11. Freedom and Mr Obama’s agenda.
  12. Prepare your encryption engines.
  13. A question in comparison.
  14. Mormon’s and the Christian question. Why can’t people get that right? It’s like its very complicated. At cultic level, Mormon’s and Nicene Christians are both Christ cults (both are cults in which Jesus of Nazareth is a primary element). The word “Christian” in common usage is commonly shorthand for Nicene Christians, i.e., Christian cultists that affirm that creed. Mormons do not belong to that group. So, are they Christian, technically yes in the cultic sense, but in common usage of the word, no. 
  15. A tech gadget for the ages.
  16. Not unrelated, and the Iliad is not on the list, so I am a bit put out.

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  1. Is Atheism a religion?

    Um, no. That it’s even a question is evidence of how religious people are happy to twist words to mean anything convenient.

    Lower and higher criticism and Islam.

    The blogger is wrong unless he’s deliberately excluding Orthodox Jews from “virtually all Jews.” Orthodox Jews completely reject all “higher criticism” of the Torah.

    Populism, an attempt at a categorization.

    It’s not clear what “populism” is. Much of the time, it seems like xenophobic rabble-rousing, so in that sense I guess it is incompatible with liberalism.

    Prepare your encryption engines.

    My disgust with the government for wanting to do this is nearly offset by my confidence that (1) it will be unenforceable and (2) it will never pass. If it does pass, due to #1 it will serve merely as an annoyance to the honest.

    If (non-backdoored) crypto is outlawed, only outlaws will have crypto. (And, unlike guns, possession of crypto does not make suicide or deadly accidents more likely.)

    Why can’t people get that right? … The word “Christian” in common usage is commonly shorthand for Nicene Christians

    Because this statement is untrue. The word Christian in common usage is commonly shorthand for “believes in and worships Jesus Christ.” I understand that you want it to mean something about the Nicene creed because it keeps your club more exclusive, but that ain’t what it means. Commonly. There’s a reason it’s “Christian” and not “Nicenean.”

  2. Mark says:

    On the first question, I’m guessing you didn’t read the link because the author concluded to the negative.

  3. Mark,

    I wrote That it’s even a question.

  4. Mark says:

    Why this was a question was also addressed pretty well in the essay I thought.

  5. Mark says:

    Populism has been linked to the Dean movement, Mr Kucinich (sp?), and going back Teddy Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson. Was there Jennings Bryan or something like that in there too? High school was a long time ago.

    As for xenophobic rabble-rousing, … huh? I have no idea what you’re listening to, but it ain’t on any channel’s I get (and I’m not talking TV).

  6. I think the manufactured “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy is an example of xenophobic rabble-rousing.

  7. Mark says:

    And you think that is important rallying point/defining element of the movement?

  8. What movement? I’m just offering it as an example of xenophobic rabble-rousing. There are plenty of others, including the anti-illegal immigrant stuff, the anti-gay stuff, the anti-liberal/anti-urban/anti-intellectual stuff, etc. etc.