Blue Like Jazz Book Review

Nov. 30 2006

Mark Coppenger writes a short review of Donald Miller’s book. The entire review is worth reading.

He demeans politics and then pickets President Bush. He is impatient with war metaphors in the Bible, and then he wars against political and biblical conservatives. He condemns judgmentalism, but then praises John the Baptist for calling the Pharisees “snakes.” He’s bigger on feelings than reason, and it’s anybody’s guess where those will take him. He’s indifferent to the homosexual agenda and abortion but zealous for tithing. Go figure. He’s everywhere. He’s nowhere. Like nailing Jell-O to the wall.

I am reminded of this quote from the book ‘Orthodoxy’ by G.K. Chesterton (get it for free from CCEL)

But the new rebel is a Sceptic, and will not entirely trust anything. He has no loyalty; therefore he can never be really a revolutionist. And the fact that he doubts everything really gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind; and the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institution he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it.

Orthodoxy was published in 1908. The old rebel was a skeptic too. If you would like to read Brett Kunkle’s paper on the Emerging Church (most would put Miller in that camp) and a response by Tony Jones go here. Kunkle presented the paper a couple weeks ago to the Evangelical Theological Society.

If you need to buy a copy of Blue Like Jazz, you can now visit the “Emerging Church” section of your local Christian book retailer.

HT: The Constructive Curmudgeon


Rules For Everything

Nov. 29 2006

Nancy Wilson provides some good advice in this short article.

Christian women must learn that justification is not found in long dresses, long hair, gardening, vitamins, or herbal medicine. These are all “things indifferent.” But if you are looking to these things instead of to Christ, seeing your acceptance before God because of these externals, or feeling superior to your Christian sisters who have different methods, then these “things” are no longer indifferent—they have become wicked.


High Court to Hear Greenhouse-Gas Case

Nov. 29 2006

Is there any issue that doesn’t end up in the Supreme Court? This quote is worth reading again.

Listen here.

Twelve states and a coalition of environmental groups sued the Bush administration in 2003 for refusing to issue regulations limiting carbon emissions from cars and power plants. On Wednesday, the case reaches the Supreme Court, where justices will hear the arguments on both sides.

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Researchers Create Pig-Man

Nov. 28 2006

Unbelievable…read here.

HT: The Point – No Laughing Matter

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When Science Drives Politics

Nov. 28 2006

Updates:

  • Nov. 30, 2006 – Listen to Bethell talk about his book at The Heritage Foundation here

I read a few chapters from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science last weekend and thought it was interesting. This review from LibraryThing (first one) is helpful. The chapter on the African AIDS crisis was particularly interesting to me. The infection rates you hear about do seem exceedingly high. For example, see here, the infection rate in women 25-29 is cited at 56% in Swaziland. I have doubts if these infection rates are plausible. Read Bethell’s book if you get a chance. I don’t think Bethell’s point is to make the case that things aren’t bad in Africa, he is just questioning if AIDS is really the cause or not.

You can listen to Bethell and one of his critics (the interviewer might count as two), Chris Mooney, in this NPR interview. Chris is the better speaker by far but I don’t really think he addresses Bethell’s arguments, he simply dismisses them as having no credibility because they are not within the “consensus” of experts. That brought this quote to mind from Muggeridge.

How to have foreseen so clearly those voices canting slogans in unison, on campuses, in Red Square, wherever uniformity was masquerading as unanimity? Download the whole book, ‘The Third Testament’, for free here.

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Give Up Your Baby for Playstation 3?

Nov. 28 2006

This short article by Tim Challies about a radio station stunt is a must read.

We want to escape our own problems by wallowing in other people’s problems which somehow always seem so much worse than our own. We want to see the sad, pathetic, tragic details of their lives, their personalities, their bodies. The more detail we get, the happier we are.

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Why We Rarely Hear from Moderate Muslims

Nov. 27 2006

Little Green Footballs has the details.

Make sure you also read the report from Freedom House detailing the Saudi distribution of hate literature in American mosques.

This report is based on a year-long study of over two hundred original documents, all disseminated, published or otherwise generated by the government of Saudi Arabia and collected from a selection of more than a dozen mosques in the United States. The propogation of hate ideology by Saudi Arabia is known to be worldwide, but its occurrence within the United States has received scant attention until now…

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