Thursday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Apparently those worldly wise multicultural Democrats have never heard of Calvinism. I think they confuse eating strange off-shore cuisines with actually coming to terms with the beliefs of other people.
  2. Surprising to whom?
  3. Just sucking down Colt-45 malt liquor by the quart.
  4. El Alamein and a book.
  5. Ya’ Mo-Town Mash or Motown food-group sounds just terrible. Or not. Try again.
  6. Flexibility … I can’t imagine what would be broken in me if I got in that position. Or actually, I can, which is worse.
  7. Hume. I think the very first is wrong.
  8. Over-agressive mental health diagnoses.
  9. On stimulus programmes.
  10. Touche.
  11. And “Forgive me, for I have sinned”, eh?
  12. Of the debates and real debates … hmmm, we could have them play chess, run races, shoot trap, lift weights, take exams, work at various tasks and jobs … gosh lots of things.
  13. Which.
  14. To praise (Caesar), bury or both?
  15. Men as priest.
  16. A conversation.
  17. Words from the dwarf.
  18. Liberal everywhere proud that the term Gestapo has been returned to mainstream approved usage. Brownshirts to follow.
  19. Words on that debate thing.

5 Responses to Thursday Highlights

  1. 1.Apparently those worldly wise multicultural Democrats have never heard of Calvinism. I think they confuse eating strange off-shore cuisines with actually coming to terms with the beliefs of other people.

    It’s interesting in most debates about religion, the Christian side, esp. American Christians, will emphasize free will in relation to God but the Bible is hardly clear on that point and even when some Christians are skeptical of free will, they still end up veering towards it anyway….hence the Republican candidate seems to think it’s God’s will that a pregnancy may happen from rape but not God’s will that a rape caused pregnancy will end in abortion….call it cafeteria Calvinism I guess.

  2. 18.Liberal everywhere proud that the term Gestapo has been returned to mainstream approved usage. Brownshirts to follow.

    Liberals are and should be more proud that they can enjoy and share the use of irony. Your assignment is to watch the Seinfield Soup Nazi episode ten times over and then spend a year in solitary prayer and reflection on contemplating whether or not this makes Jerry Seinfield a nazi.

  3. Boonton,
    Re 18 .. OK then. I’ll hold that in the quiver for when liberals fail to realize irony can be used by both sides.

    Re free will … I think the world’s Calvinist’s mostly in this country. I might be wrong. None of them emphasize free will. Few people of any stripe think about the ontology of evil (non-christians) or theodicy (Christians) very clearly. That you figure it is limited to cafeteria Calvinism shows you haven’t been out and around much. Have you read the Bentley Hart book on theodicy?

  4. Re 18 .. OK then. I’ll hold that in the quiver for when liberals fail to realize irony can be used by both sides

    Do you have some examples of conservatives making notable use of irony? I could be wrong but it does seem to me that liberals are more irony loving (aka David Letterman) than conservatives who tend to veer towards straight humor (Jay Leno).

  5. Calvinists may mostly be in this country but American Christians appear to me to be mostly non-Calvinists. The idea of predestination really rubs American culture the wrong way….see for example the Matrix movies which on the surface seem to be about rebelling against predestination but the underlying story seems to be based on it….

    For a while I was into watching Harold Camping and his predictions of the end of the world on my cable channel. It was interesting because he clearly believed in predestination but he also believed it made sense to pray to God to be among those saved. This was very interesting after his initial date for the end of the world came and went. At that point he shifted his theory 5/21/11 date came and went. He declared on 5/21 God had made his judgement about who was saved and who wasn’t and the world would really end on 10/21/11. But then why pray after 5/21? You’re already doomed or saved…. But he hedged and said it was a good idea to pray anyway since maybe God could see your future prayers he would have judged you favorably on 5/21 for stuff you did after….

    A man too clever for his own good but I got the sense that even this Calvinist type was being a bit incoherent on free will.

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