I spend a fair amount of time helping students craft better arguments – i.e., helping them write strong thesis statements, develop a clear flow of thought, make sure points are well-connected, etc. But, I’m done with all that now. Instead, I’m just going to point them to this Monty Python clip. What more could you possibly need to know about skillful argumentation?
The satirical “news” site The Onion posted great piece yesterday on our incredible ability to view sinful behavior as abnormal despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
Despite there being nothing unusual about the incident in Brandon, the media has descended upon the small town in droves, somehow finding a way to portray the event as if it were a novel phenomenon or some sort of aberration within human society, an assertion that even a cursory glimpse at the species’ violent past would immediately disprove.
There is, of course, truth in the idea that some acts are more heinous than others. But, we do maintain an incredibly optimistic outlook on human behavior, an optimism that causes us to be constantly surprised when the reality of sin confronts us in unavoidable ways.
This was too much fun to pass up. I’m not sure what profitable use this could possibly be in your ministry, but I’m sure you could come up with something if you really tried. Thanks to Jim West for posting this and providing us all with an enjoyable (and devastating) two minutes.
My favorite comes right at the end: “What would Jesus do if he were attacked by a polar bear?”
The life of a grad fellow according to The Simpsons.
Thanks to Near Emmaus for this one. But, contrary to the suggestions that they’ve raised over there, I’d like to point out that as a man of compassion and integrity, I would never use a whip on a student (in a public place where I could be so easily videotaped).
Finally, an academic journal you can submit articles to and not have to wonder what their response will be. According to the website,
The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected.
And, if that’s not good enough, here are some of the other benefits the journal offers aspiring authors:
- You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
- There are no page-fees.
- You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
- The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
- You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
- Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.
Or, if you’re not interested in submitting an article and just want to read it, here’s the subscription information:
An individual subscription may be secured for £120 per year (four issues). Institutional and library subscriptions are also available; prices will be provided upon enquiry. It is unknown whether the subscription will be delivered in print or as electronic content, because no one has yet ordered one.