Monday, September 22, 2008

Christopher Hitchens. Believer?

This just up over at The Corner on National Review. It appears that Mike Potemra has just witnessed a debate over the existence of God between Christopher Hitchens and Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete. I've always loved reading Hitchen's articles. He is so clear, biting, passionate and logical, except not so clear and logical when he writes about God. From Mike's witness, Hitchen's problem is confusing professed God followers with God Himself. Never a good idea, though some of His followers get confused on that point sometimes also.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Private Patient

Just got back from a three day camping trip with my family at Douthat State Park. While there I was able to read P.D. James', The Lighthouse . Now I see she will have another book available in November. I thought that perhaps The Lighthouse might be the last Adam Dalgliesh mystery, but I'm glad it's not.


Happy reading.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Theology and Politics

I am probably one of the most non-political people you will ever meet. I have always been much more interested in morality and, since I became a Christian, in biblical morality. That is always how I have tended to vote--- according to the moral values expressed by the candidate.

I am much more passionately interested in theology and I do not believe that these 2 arenas can exist completely independent of one another.

As Christians we are encouraged by God, to conform to the mind of Jesus Christ. This is the essence of theology—to think God’s thoughts after Him. Jesus Christ is the Living Word and, through the bible, we can come to know His mind and heart. His Word promises that His children are being transformed more and more deeply into His image and that God will “complete the good work that He has begun in us”.

What does this mean when we, as Christians, consider for whom we are going to vote? As Christians, ideally, we are supposed to read the Word of God and, wherever our beliefs conflict with the Word, abandon our beliefs in an effort to conform to the highest truth that we are privy to as human beings.

For these reasons, I have never made it past the issue of abortion, as I have considered who would get my vote. God’s Word tells us firmly, and without uncertainty, that we are not to murder. Taking the life of another human being is the definition of murder…. Any politician or political party that bases part of its platform on the acceptance of murder will never get my vote. It is that simple and clear cut for me.

However, I have many good Christian friends who are democrats. In the weeks to come, I plan on asking them how they can adopt political positions that are in direct opposition to scripture. I am truly seeking to understand, what seems to me, to be such a strange phenomena.

In Christ,

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Medieval Occupation?

Since we are studying the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in our home studies, this seemed appropriate - and fun. I'm not sure what it means that I scored higher for a monk and a knight than for a lady, other than it's probably a good thing I live in the 21st century. Anyway, give it a try. H/T Drew at RRLS.

Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test...

The Monk

You scored 5% Cardinal, 72% Monk, 44% Lady, and 49% Knight!

You live a peaceful, quiet life. Very little danger comes your way and you live a long time. You are wise and modest, but also stagnant. You have little comfort, little food and have taken a vow of silence. But who needs chatter when just sitting in the cloister of your abbey with The Good Book makes you perfectly content.

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