Scene depicting Gluttony in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things
It’s only a few weeks until election day and both presidential candidates are focusing on that small percentage of people who — for whatever reason — have not yet made up their minds. Romney photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore; Obama photo per http://change.gov/about/copyright_policy.
The 2012 Presidential election is almost here and many pastors are challenging the IRS stance on churches engaging in politics. Most people think restrictions on the involvement of churches in politics are tied to lofty principles. Well…. Maybe not.
Technology can be the source of a “devil’s bargain” in dealing with the frailties of human existence. In Decline of the West, Oswald Spengler describes Western civilization as “Faustian” in its pursuit of the infinite.
“Docetism” (from the Greek word “dokeo” meaning “I seem”) usually refers to an unorthodox view of Jesus that alleges He was a pure spirit and only “seemed” to have a physical body. Orthodoxy of course has long insisted Jesus had two natures, one human and the other divine.
Good ideas are well-served by good illustrations and tonight Conan O’Brien will gift us with a great one. Conan O’Brien (left) and gay fiancés David Gorshein and Scott Cronick. O’Brien will reportedly perform Gorshein and Cronick’s wedding during tonight’s show. (Use of copyrighted material for critical commentary is fair use.)
The “occupywallstreet” protesters are furious over Wall Street’s self-enrichment via its undue influence on the political process. Photo from http://rangel.house.gov/index.shtml Capitalism has a corrupting influence on politics and must be severely restrained.
The Keynesian model of macroeconomics has two components worthy of reflection in the face of the current Administration’s approach to fixing the economy . . . John Maynard (“in the long run, we’re all dead”) Keynes
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords makes a surprise return to Congress on 1 August after having suffered a gunshot wound to the head in January.Photo from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s website. How many times have you heard the popular bit of wisdom, “we only use 10% of our brains”?
“High church” and “low church” mean different things to different people Here are some typical distinctions . . .
Think there’s a moral equivalence between Islam and Christianity? Read the following clipping from the “Questions of Faith” column in the Saudi Gazette and ask yourself, “what would we do without Mohammed?” “What to Do in the Bathroom” Then consider, “what would we do without Jesus?”
“Akedah” is the generic Hebrew word for “binding.” In Jewish Tradition, it came to be used as a proper noun to refer to Abraham’s “sacrifice” of Isaac (Genesis chapter 22). [God] said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as [...]
A friend recently related the story of how he once pointed a T-37 Trainer straight up to see how high he could go.
While I agree with Miss America on the problem of eating disorders, I think more depth would be useful in thinking about it.
Mr. Obama wants us to be more polite . . . Here’s why he’s going to be disappointed—
The notion that God created the cosmos out of a sense of loneliness is mistaken.
If there are political points to be made in the Jared Loughner incident they ought to include the obvious observation that the political left is using the story to project its own malice, motives, and mentality onto its opponents. Mug shot of alleged Arizona shooter Jared Loughner(AP Photo from Pima County Sheriff’s Dept. by way [...]
According to a Military.com article, the Army is studying use of women in combat units . . . Article photo, which may or may not be copyrighted. Use here in critical commentary is considered fair use. Some would say it’s due to the shortage of men who can bear arms. Not to worry though . [...]
TSA may have finally passed the tipping point with its new, more intrusive searching of airline passengers. Next stop for this elderly lady will be either (1) a visual inspection involving virtual nakedness or (2) hand inspection of genital and chest areas
An appreciation for differing views of time within Scripture can clarify the controversy over human free will versus divine predestination.
Few things are as controversial as the Christian doctrine of justification by faith. Most of the controversy flows from abuses within the Roman Catholic Church. Protestantism continues to overreact to those abuses to the point of going to an opposite extreme. Some reference points in sorting out the controversy are as follows:
Sure sounds like it . . . Consider the following: Excerpts from ceremony for Bob Chanin, retiring general counsel for NEA
Obamanomics undermines prosperity by “hacking” the virtual “information system” at the center of capitalism’s wealth-creating genius. President Barack Obama, center, with members of his economicteam, speaks on the economy from the Rose Garden of the White House, Sept. 15, 2010. http://whitehouse.gov
The “Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science Symposium 2010″ October 26-28, 2010 Grace Covenant Church 9431 Jollyville Rd.; Austin, TX Registration and other details (click here)
Selected reasons why it’s great to be a guy. Harvested from the internet– but with a serious purpose.
What do newscasters, sociologists, political commentators, and even theologians have in common? Answer: All claim to have “the Big Picture” …
“Big kids make bad citizens.”
Anger is an emotional strategy for gaining the upper hand in confrontations with others. Sometimes it works and sometimes it fails. Professor Robert Solomon of UT at Austin offers some insights on anger and other emotional strategies.
The “n-word”– “probably the most offensive word in English”– according to Webster’s. As Dr. Laura discovered on her 10 August radio show. Copyrighted image. User here in critical commentary is considered fair use. So the cultural left got some rope and went looking for a tree.
Procreation is an obvious advantage of heterosexual marriage over same-sex unions. One objection though is that society approves of many heterosexual marriages in which procreation is not envisioned or even possible– so why not extend the same favor to gay and lesbian couples?
Confused about sexuality, unfaithful to friends, fawning towards enemies, unwilling to control the borders, unable to pay the bills, unwilling to set a budget . . . Those are just a few of the things that cloud the future of the country. Could there be a unifying thread?