Archive for November, 2009

Blog Post of the Year (or Maybe Decade)!

November 24, 2009

This poster from Despair.com accurately communicates the general worthlessness of 99% of the blogosphere.  And yet, every once in a while in this sea of insignificance you come across an island with a buried treasure.

Thanks to Justin Taylor’s link, I found one today.  Kevin DeYoung’s post about the “New Gospel” (written in response to this letter to unbelievers by Shane Claiborne) is the most significant blog post I have read in a long time, perhaps ever.  Do not miss it.

Every generation faces challenges to the true gospel.  Every alternative gospel that arises contains some elements of truth and therefore possesses some measure of plausibility.  In our day the most popular alternative gospel is the one that accomodates itself to the prevailing climate of postmodern uncertainty.  This “new gospel” is not entirely wrong.  In fact, it gets many things right, even offering a much-needed corrective to older emphases and formulations.  And therein lies its chief danger: it represents an ever-so-subtle denial of truths that belong to the very essence of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Read Shane Claiborne’s letter.  And then read Kevin DeYoung’s post.  The latter will likely be the most significant thing you will read today.

Corruption in Washington

November 20, 2009

This is nothing more than a sophisticated form of bribery.  Senate Majority Leader Reid is apparently trying to buy Senator Landrieu”s (D-La) vote for healthcare reform by sneaking into the 2,000 page monstrosity a $100 million favor for her state. 

Other than the fact that Landrieu’s single vote on this question is of massive significance for the future of our country, I realize that this kind of thing happens all the time in Washington and that both parties do it. 

And that is what is so disturbing.  Washington is a cesspool of corruption, a big game where powerful people take turns scratching each other’s backs.

I would wholeheartedly support term limits for all congressional seats.  Among politicians (not an admired group to begin with), career politicians are at the bottom of the barrel.  And the career politicians (who like to refer to themselves as “public servants”) are the ones who have made Washington what it is today.

Good Quote

November 10, 2009

“One of the few advantages to the country in having Congress overwhelmingly in the hands of one party is that the lack of need to compromise lets the leaders of that party reveal themselves for what they are– in this case, people with unbounded arrogance and utter contempt for the right of ordinary people to live their lives as they see fit, much less the right to know as citizens what laws are going to be passed by their government. The question is whether voters will remember on election day in 2010.”—-Thomas Sowell

Postmodern Irony

November 8, 2009

So I heard about John Franke’s new book, Manifold Witness, a book whose thesis is apparently that truth is inherently plural and that this is a profoundly Christian way of thinking.  Doug Wilson has begun reviewing the book here.  Wilson quotes from Brian McLaren’s foreword:

That for human beings, truth is inherently plural. John asserts this, not because it is fashionable (it’s the very opposite among his guild in the theological academy), but rather because he believes it is true, and is willing to suffer the scorn of some of his peers for this truth as he sees it. He asserts the plurality of truth, not as a capitulation to non- or anti- Christian thought, but rather as an expression of profoundly Christian thought — and specifically, of emergent, missional, and trinitarian Christian thought. In so doing, he gently implies that the dominant alternative view — that white, modernist, Western Christian scholars and institutions have a monopoly on truth — is actually a capitulation to modes of thought and power that have betrayed the life and gospel of Jesus Christ” (p. xii).

Aside from the fact that McLaren has the audacity to claim that Franke’s postmodern muddle is not fashionable in the academy (the academy is the engine that drives it!), does anyone else notice the profound irony in what McLaren says here?  Allow me to paraphrase:

John Franke advocates a pluralist view of truth, thereby denying a singular view of truth, because he is deeply convinced that his view is singularly true.  Anyone (probably a white male) who disagrees with him is hopelessly lost in falsehood, because the singular truth that Franke proclaims about truth being manifold can make no room for competing views of truth.  All truth is manifold, except of course, for the absolute, singular truth that truth itself is manifold.  Of that, I am absolutely certain, and anyone who looks at it differently is captive to modernist presuppositions and is, therefore, promoting falsehood.  John Franke is so certain of the absolute truth of his view that truth is manifold that he will gladly become a martyr for the cause. 

It looks like Manifold Witness is going to be another journey into self-contradictory postmodern quicksand, as if we haven’t had enough of that lately.

Heads Will Roll

November 7, 2009

I am a bit surprised at the audacity of the Democratic Party.  In a week when off-year elections have proven that voters (even in New Jersey!) are fed up with the government expansion going on under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid socialist machine, the House of Representatives has decided to spend the weekend transgressing the Constitution by assuming unprecedented regulatory powers over the healthcare of all Americans. 

In doing so, Democrats have virtually handed Republicans a major victory next November.  And when it comes, it won’t be a moment too soon.