I’m in a weird mood today. So in honor of that I give you ABBA translated into Swedish and back to English via Google Translate.
Since my insomnia is going full bore and I am occupied with the coming season this will probably be finished by Saturday morning instead of Friday night. But be that as it may I have a selection of articles for your perusal.
From the Daily Mail (Nov. 24, 2018) comes a new scientific research that suggests after a huge catastrophe,
that we sprang from a single pair of adults after a catastrophic event almost wiped out the human race.
These bar codes, or snippets of DNA that reside outside the nuclei of living cells, suggest that it’s not just people who could have come from a single pair of beings, but nine out of every 10 animal species, too
Just a single pair of adults after a great catastrophe I’ll just leave this here.
And while we are talking about ancient history this just in from Israel they have found Pontius Pilate’s ring.
The ring itself was found fifty years ago but with expert cleaning and microscopic examination the archeologist determined that “of Pilate” was inscribed on the ring in greek.
Let’s turn from history to present day.
This is John Allen Chau the young missionary that was killed on the North Sentinel Island. Now recently there has been a rash of articles both praising and damning this young man for his actions. But I think that Tim Challes has written a well crafted article that is worth reading about this missionary and what we should think about what he had done. Go here: On the death of John Allen Chau by Tim Challes
Yes it is time once again to go down into the trenches and prepare for another skirmish in the culture wars.
Our first report comes from Florida in particular the Chasco Middle School where a transgender “boy” is in the habit of walking into the boys locker room literally as their pants are down with no warning. The school officials instructed a male P.E. teacher to supervise the potentially undressed female in the locker room. Using common sense he refused to put himself in a position to “observe a nude or potentially undressed minor female”.
I would like to point out that a few years ago that if a “school official” had suggested that a male teacher must observe a nude minor the parents of the school district would have run him out of town on a rail. However in this case and the times being what they are the teacher was disciplined and sent to another school ” for not doing his job in the locker room”. The teacher has appealed his discipline and sought council. But keep in mind that with the “alphabet soup” activists that are driving the changes and controlling the NEA this sort of idiocy will become common place. < Source>
Yes that flag is flying once again but in an unexpected place. What place is that? Why the Evangelical Theological Society that is where! In an article at CBMW Colin Smothers critiques a paper entitled “Walking across Gender in the Spirit? The Vocation of the Church and the Transgendered Christian“. Now in full disclosure the author of the paper, Dr. Andy Draycott has publicly retracted the paper and has offered a public statement where he unequivocally affirms that God has created humans as male ad female.
Of course the question must be asked why would a society dedicated to Evangelical Theology even allow such a presentation? And yet it appeared there. Well I think that Colin Smothers answers that question in his critique which you can read here
And this last bit of news I am unsure whether to put it under Robotic Over Lords or Culture Wars but since it is technology based and not real robotics lets keep it under culture.
No this isn’t a japanese version of “Tiny Dancer” this is a hologram of Hatsune Miku a virtual teenage girl who was “married”, yes I said “married” to Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old middle school teacher in Tokyo. Gatebox the company who provides the device also provided this demo video.
Now Gatebox issued a marriage license but it isn’t legal as Akihiko found out but he still went through with the ceremony which cost about $18,000 and was attended by his disproving family about forty guests in all. I suppose he promised to love honor and keep her power supply charged.
Technology, we can make the girl of your dreams either virtually or in warm silicon.
Well that is it for Frenetic Friday good night.
Today’s earworm contains a bit of whimsy. My son showed me this video:
Well of course you know what happened. And trust me there is nothing worse than seeing a guy my age singing a Backstreet Boys song badly.
So with that in mind here is Postmodern Jukebox covering the song in their own unique way.
So being the observent group of individuals that you are you’ve probably notice that it has been awhile since I have posted a movie review.
Well there is a simple reason for this, most of the current crop of movies don’t interest me or are crap. Or skubulon if you prefer a biblical term.
However, that doesn’t preclude me from reviewing older movies something that I have done from time to time. Especially movies from the “golden age” of Hollywood. Which is a completely subjective since my “golden age” probably doesn’t correspond to a professional movie reviewer.
Also I have decided to do a few single sentence reviews every now and then such as:
Of the second season runs of the Netflix/Marvel franchise Daredevil has consistently been the best of all of them and has continued that into the third season.
Now this saves space, lets me be pithy something desired in a blog author or so I have been told.
And with that in mind another bit of pithiness. I noticed that Netflix has the four gospel accounts ( Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John for those of you who go to Joel Osteen’s church) each being a word for word telling from the accounts with a video more or less acting out the words. These are rated TV-14 which I find odd. What is in them that suggests anyone under fourteen needs parental guidance, it could be the brutality of the crucifixion, and the whipping. But judging from what I saw in John I find that hard to believe. Perhaps, it is the words themselves that prompt the rating? Have to think about that.
Lastly I, and most of the internet no doubt, learned that Stan Lee died today. I can’t comment on the status of this man’s soul as he stands now before the righteous Judge. No one can. However, it is worth saying that many a lonely day in my youth was brightened by reading the adventures of Captain America, Hulk, and others. And it was Stan Lee and artists such as Jack “The King” Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita that brought a little joy into my life. Excelsior!
Yes once again it is that special time of year where we shut off all the lights in the house and sing the Reformation Polka to drown out the cries of the trick or treaters. Sing it with me now:
What is this dark shambling shape that moves slowly into the light? It is FRENETIC FRIDAY!
Yes I am back and we have a few items of interest tonight. The very first is the testimony given by Rachael Denhollander as she gives the gospel to the man who abused her.
The courage of this young woman is an example to all of us, and to be able to share the gospel to this man shames everyone of us who won’t share it to our neighbor.
Speaking of Culture Wars let me direct you to a website you should be reading.
Also check out Darrell B. Harrison’s blog Just Thinking … for Myself he covers a wide range of racial and social justice issues. In fact read his blog before you read mine you will get more out of it.
Summer Jaeger did an excellent speech on why feminism won’t save anyone. And it has finally become available so enjoy.
Like the new graphics? Let me know in the comments. But on to the robot news.
This little bundle of plastic and circuits was just let go at Scotland’s Marrigotta in Edinburgh. He was designed to give customers high fives and to direct them to where to find the various food items in the store. Unfortunately his directions were so basic ie: “Where can I find the beer?” Fabio: “In the alcohol section” that he began to irritate and confuse the customers. And then when the human workers in the store began to out perform the little robot the management had to let him go. There were many reasons why the little robot didn’t work out but one of the main reasons was that the customers preferred human interaction to that of a robot.
And with that I will bid you good night.
Yes you may blame Carl Truman, Aimee Byrd, and Todd Pruitt aka the hosts of Mortification of Spin for this week’s earworm. On the latest podcast they ended it with this song. So instead of giving you an aging pop princess’ cover of the song I found an obscure Swedish band with an outré video.
Today’s Theology Thursday comes from The Cripplegate’s Clint Archer. He had the chance to interview Dr. James White and ask him how to effectively debate an opponent.
1. Seek to be consistent. (Use equal scales)
This is mandatory in a serious debate: you can’t use unequal scales. You need to apply the same level of respect and understanding of how they employ their source material as you would want them to apply to how you employ yours.
Rookie debaters attack aspects of their opponent’s system that they would dismiss with an exasperated eye roll if the favor were returned. He offered a smattering of examples. Here’s some of his riff on this point, transcribed from a recording and cleaned up a bit…
A lot of arguments used against Islam or Mormonism will involve picking on their writings…..eg the Book of Mormon says Jesus was born in Jerusalem and apologists will say “see, Joseph Smith did not know what he was talking about.” But when we defend the Old Testament we often point out that that there are places where the author has used a very specific geographic term referring to a wider region. We defend against these alleged errors using that methodology—so we must be consistent and allow the Mormon the same methodology; i.e. they would say that Bethlehem is very close to Jerusalem, in the same general area.
There are a lot of arguments that I would not use when attacking the Qur’an because I realize that when defending the Old Testament I am going to have to utilize very similar responses from what I would expect from a Muslim. So we need to be very careful.
A lot of people attack Joseph Smith’s false prophesies – and there are false prophecies – but Mormons allege that there are false prophecies in the Old Testament too. So your argument saying that Joseph Smith was giving a false prophecy might boomerang and they will say that Jonah was giving a false prophecy, or Ezekiel when prophesying against Tyre (referring to Ezekiel 26:1-14).
Most Christian apologists are better at attacking the other side rather than defending the best arguments made against Christianity.
2. Strive for accuracy in representation of the other side (use original source material)
How much attention would you pay to a debater who learned what they know about your faith from watching a YouTube video posted by an “ex-Christian” who “suddenly realized” the Bible was full of contradictions and that his church leaders didn’t have answers? Probably zero.
You need to examine and familiarize yourself with your opponent’s original source material. When you explain their view on an issue, they should nod in agreement with everything you are saying before you explain why you disagree. If they don’t believe you understand their position or if they think you have misrepresented their beliefs, they will dismiss any argument you proffer against the faulty position you have presented.
So, when you engage a Mormon or a Jehovah’s Witness or a Muslim, make sure you have read Joseph Smith, C. T. Russel, or the Qur’an.
It is “Absolutely vitally important to use original sources, to know their version.”
Some people disagree with this point because they say you are exposing yourself to false teaching. But you know what: Paul quoted from Aratus the Greek philosopher and when he wrote Colossians he uses the very language of the proto-gnostics and the Docetists. The writers knew that those people believed and actively refuted them. We have nothing to fear, true Christianity has nothing spiritually to fear from Islam.
Jot down chapter and verse to show your counterpart that you have taken the time to actually read and understand what they actually believe. Interact with that. Do not erect straw men and throw fallacious darts at them. You will only make yourself feel superior while getting no closer to winning the argument or the soul for Christ.
3. Show love for your opponent. (Win souls not just arguments)
Speaking of winning, you need to decide if your goal is merely to win an argument or to win a soul.
Sometimes those two go together. By convincing them of what the Scriptures actually say, you win the person over to the truth by winning the argument. But sometimes your words might be true, while your attitude belies your lack of concern for the person you are debating and the people who hold their view.
Apologetics – especially electronic apologetics – is a very dangerous skill because it allows you to say things to other people you would never say to their face. It allows you to sit there and think that you are glorifying God when the reality is that you are just trying to get your sword bloody – you don’t care what damage you do in the process. If you don’t love the people you are dealing with, if you don’t really believe that you are going to be praying for them, if you wouldn’t reach out to them in a meaningful fashion, then don’t even do it. You’ll end up doing more damage than anything else.
The easiest way to show love to a person is to actually love them. Jesus said to do this, so if you don’t you are being a poor debater and a bad Christian at the same time.
4. Stay in the context of a local church.
Apologetics is not a balanced field. You spend your time immersed in error. If you are doing that divorced from a ministry in the local church you are missing the point of your gifts, you are stunting your own spiritual growth, and you are neglecting your responsibility to the local church in favor of the Universal Church.
I found this to be the most surprising and encouraging of Dr. White’s insights. He is an elder at his church, teaches a Bible study (from the Bible, not the Book of Mormon), and ministers alongside Christians. His apologetics and debating is his career, not his only ministry.
Apologetics must be done within the context of the church. The vast majority of apologists I know are not churchmen. They go from church to church each weekend and give their presentations but they themselves are not churchmen.
Apologetics is not a balanced Christian ministry, you’re always in defense mode. I jokingly tell my audience – I listen to the heretics so you don’t have to – and there is an element of truth in that. And that is not good in the long run if that is all you do. So if you are a churchman you will be forced to have balance.
This is just the main points of the article to read the entire article go here: The Cripplegate
Today’s song comes courtesy of the Voice of Reason Radio podcast. Chris and Rich have a great podcast as they talk about current events and God from a layman’s perspective.
So Chris and Rich thanks for putting this in my head all day long.
And what a week it’s been folks. Well we have a little bit of everything here even some Robotic Over Lords!
So this appears in my feed in the first part of the week
Now let’s state the obvious only one combination is going to keep you in your seat on a plane. And frankly if the others are actually offered I’m not flying KLM I’ve been in turbulence. But this is the best response I have seen.
HT: Doug Wilson
And then we have a new update from the culture of death featuring James Franco.
Pay special attention to Franco’s face as Princeton philosophy professor Elizabeth Harman gives her argument for aborting some babies. No matter how she tries to justify it her argument just doesn’t hold water and Franco’s face reflects it.
And in the culture wars a former soldier who is transgender warns about the danger of gender dysphoria in the military. One of the most interesting quote of that article is this:
When a service member becomes nondeployable because of gender transition related surgery, they’re going to not only not be on duty in some cases, but they will also be on light duty for most or all of that time.
They’ll have a medical profile against either performing their duties at all, or one that limits them. Commanders are forced to respect these limitations. But the health and fighting capabilities of a military unit are determined by how many of its members are deployable. It’s that serious.
As a former platoon sergeant I know this to be true.
Think about that.
And now our Robotic Over Lord’s.
First something truly terrifying.
Who thought giving the robot a sword was a good idea?
And now let us send the kids out of the room.
So there are these things called sexbots. That apparently are being programmed to be used in rape fantasies. And yes it is amazing just how depraved men are.
But riding in on the robotic white horse comes Professor John Banzhaf, a well-known activist professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School. He is concerned about the sexbots being used in such a manner and he wants Congress to rule and regulate the sexbots industry. (Click on the link if you want to read the article)
Now is it me or does he want Congress to regulate a type of sexbot prostitution?
But on another note the thought of people having sex with robots reminds me of a quote from That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis:
There dwell an accursed people, full of pride and lust. There when a young man takes a maiden in marriage, they do not lie together, but each lies with a cunningly fashioned image of the other, made to move and to be warm by devilish arts, for real flesh will not please them, they are so dainty (delicati) in their dreams of lust. Their real children they fabricate by vile arts in a secret place.”
And this ends another Frenetic Friday.