The cardinal rule broken

We have a number of important rules in our family. But, everyone understands that the most important rule of all is, “Don’t get daddy sick.” That rule has been broken. Daddy is grumpy and somebody must pay. Where’s my grad fellow?

The Shack Bible Translation? Please say it isn’t so…

I don’t have time to chase this one down, but according to Rod, somebody (aka “The Shack Bible Project”) intends to offer a paraphrase of the Bible that is more in line with the vision of God presented in The Shack (which is, in turn, supposed to be much more in line with patristic thought).

I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of re-translating the Bible so that it lines up better with a particular theological perspective. That would certainly make theology a lot easier. I think I’ll get started on my own translation of Romans. That books has caused me way to much theological grief over the years, and my own personal translation would definitely help. I think I’ll add some unicorns.

Flotsam and jetsam (10/18)

Bill Mounce on study Bibles

Here’s an interesting video from Bill Mounce on the pros and cons of using study Bibles.



Flotsam and jetsam (10/15)

  • John Armstrong offers some interesting reflections on postmodernism and Christianity. (I noted this post particularly because he references Merold Westphal’s “Overcoming Onto-theology,” which some of us are reading for a class this semester.) HT
  • Over at Per Crucem ad Lucem, Jono Ryan discusses the importance of having a transformative encounter with truth, reflecting on Paul’s counsel to Timothy in 2 Tim. 2:18-19.
  • Russell Saltzman deals with mean Lutherans. (Actually, he’s talking about civility in online theological discourse, but “mean Lutherans” sounds so much more interesting.)
  • The Guardian has an interview with Insane Clown Posse, which may be among the more disturbing things I’ve read in a while. The two rappers confirm that although they’ve been producing some of the most violent rap music in the industry for the last 20 years, they actually claim to have been active (closet) Christians the entire time. As Gangster J explains, “You have to speak their language. You have to interest them, gain their trust, talk to them and show you’re one of them. You’re a person from the street and you speak of your experiences. Then at the end you can tell them: God has helped me.” Oh, so the rampant violence, profanity, and misogyny in their songs, were just ways of gaining access to and credibility in the world of gangster rap. I guess that makes it all okay then.

God in America – PBS documentary online

I just found out that PBS has been running a series this week on God in America. Here’s the description from the website:

For the first time on television, God in America explores the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America, from the first European settlements to the 2008 presidential election. A co-production of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE, this six-hour series examines how religious dissidents helped shape the American concept of religious liberty and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation’s courts and political arena; how religious freedom and waves of new immigrants and religious revivals fueled competition in the religious marketplace; how movements for social reform — from abolition to civil rights — galvanized men and women to put their faith into political action; and how religious faith influenced conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War.

Has anyone been watching this? If so, what do you think? Is it any good? One of the other faculty here at Western has been watching and was pretty impressed with the overall quality and balance through the first two episodes.

You can watch the the whole series online here. If you do watch it, make sure you come back here and let us know how it was. I’ll probably check it out and see if there are some good segments to use in my church history class.

Funny (in)formal fallacies

You’re probably familiar with most of the standard logical fallacies: false dichotomy, is/ought, affirming the consequent, etc. But, Ed Feser wants to alert us to a number of other very important fallacies that you’ve probably committed even though you’ve never heard of them. My favorite are the first three. Check out the post for the rest.

  • Post doc, ergo propter doc: The delusion that a Ph.D. confers wisdom, or even basic competence. Example: “Of course the medievals thought the earth was flat. It says so in the book! Who’s the professor here, anyway?”
  • Red hair-ing: Believing that something is true simply because a really hot redhead said it. Example: “Omigosh, Christina Hendricks is so hot. I would totally believe anything she says.”
  • Appeal to minority: The smug presumption that popular opinion, tradition, and plain common sense are always likely to be wrong. Often committed in conjunction with the Post doc fallacy. Example: “Of course, this goes against everything your parents, your pastor, and pretty much everyone else have always believed. So it must be true!”


Communicating with Academics: A Guide



Flotsam and jetsam (10/14)

Just because…Smell Like a Monster

In case you haven’t seen this yet, here’s Grover from Sesame Street in a fabulous parody of the Old Spice commercials.