Category: Culture

Who would Jesus water-board?

 This is one of those rare occasions where I agree with some of what Dershowitz had to say.  Water-boarding IS torture.  The real question is not whether or not a particular technique is torture, but whether or not torture harvests useful intelligence or is just indulging the sadistic impulses of some of our freakier interrogators.  The …

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Once more, with feeling

 Here we go again.  Is there no limit to the willful ignorance that manifests itself on these pages?  If the writers who routinely berate Charley Reese for his studied sympathies ever stop scouring the Internet for imaginary jihads, we’ll all be better off.  Do us a big favor and stick to researching dubious medical remedies; …

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Memo from a church consultant

 From http://www.mirabilis.ca/archives/cat_religion.html February 08, 2003 When the Baptist visited the Orthodox church When Baptist minister Dwight Moody visited an Orthodox church, he found himself in a cloud of incense, trying to figure out what the worshippers were chanting, why they rarely sat down and when the 9 a.m. service was going to end so that …

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Tradition

 You had to know this was coming…  A few thoughts on yesterday’s message:  How much of the clapping phenomenon is really a demonstration of spontaneous, spirit-led worship?  Or were your first instincts the right ones — that clapping is a reflection of widespread bad manners and more evidence of worship-as-entertainment and further infiltration of fringe-sect antics based …

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The millennium

 To my pastor: I find the most unusual things on the Internet.  Take a look at this:  http://books.google.com/books?id=2OIRAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA453&lpg=PA453 The doctrine of the millennium does not properly belong in eschatology, but is rather a part of Christology, coming under the head of “Government by Christ.”  Putting it into its proper place, we shall find that not a …

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Camel method?

 While I still cringe at the insensitivity of the Camel Method’s name (or perhaps at my own hyper-sensitivity), I am finding some positive comments:  From a missionary’s blog: The Camel method sure is a hot topic right now! I am amazed at how much heat it is generating in the blogosphere.  In the training we …

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In the beginning

 Thanks for reminding me that we miss the real point of Genesis when we try to make it “play” by the rules of atheistic science.  Having said that, I’ve always (well, maybe not always) had a lot of skepticism for a universe and especially an Earth apparently billions and billions of years old according to …

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