Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Michael Crichton's elegant refutation of global warming: He rails against consensus science, and I believe there's great application in the world of theology. Consensus theology has long been the bane of the Calvinists and Covenant Theologians. In the past two decades it has crept into Lordship Salvation and the Creation debate. Crichton's critique is stunning; it should be standard reading for first year seminary students as an innoculation against the more oppressive tendencies of their educators.
From the literature file: Just in case you've read Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, here are the links which refute its history and theology. The book is evil on so many levels it is an extraordinary task to catalogue them all. The three biggies: it denies the doctrine of canonicity, elevating the Gnostic Gospels to equivalence with Scripture; it promotes the blasphemous notion that Jesus took Mary Magdalene as His wife, and that they had offspring; and it makes the act into a spiritual experience whereby mystical "knowledge" is imparted. As if the human race needed another reason to fornicate, now we have the gnostic one.

Here are some links which refute it in detail:


Christian Research Institute Journal

The books of the Canon of Scripture are the Masterworks of one great writer, God the Holy Spirit. To any who have studied them, the hand of the Author is clearly recognizable. To the learned, the Gnostic Gospels are so obviously the works of a forger that only a truly evil person would assert otherwise, and for the sole reason to promote the work of that forger for personal gain.

Friday, December 26, 2003

Insight from Roger Ebert, who is normally very liberal but speaks stark truth in his review of Cheaper by the Dozen: Frank Gilbreth was a real man, and the original book was co-written by two of his children. He was, they explained, a Time and Motion Expert, who broke down every task into its essential elements and then studied them to see how they could be done more quickly and easily. At work, he improved assembly lines. At home, he applied his theories to his family, believing that 12 children were as easy to raise as two, if you analyzed the daily family routine and assigned part of it to every kid -- even very small parts for very small kids. The unspoken assumption was that the father was the center of authority, he knew best, and his wife was his loyal co-pilot.

We know now that this is a case of ist chauvinism. Gilbreth's view of fathers is long out of date, and American men survive in the movies only as examples of incompetence, unrealistic ambition and foolish pride. Gene Siskel once started a list of movies with fathers in them, to demonstrate that Hollywood preferred whenever possible to have single mothers and avoid fathers altogether. If there had to be a father, he was (a) in a comedy, the butt of the joke, and (b) in a drama, a child abuser, an alcoholic, an erer, an abandoner of families, or preferably, all of the above. At some point during a half century of Hollywood fathering, "father knows best" was replaced by "shut your pie hole."

The entire review is here: Ebert at the Sun Times

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Another good link: Blue Letter Bible
A free and prosperous Christmas.

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