Why Inerrancy? Saturday, Dec 22 2007 

Evangelical Christians tend towards a position of inerrancy. Usually, this means that the Bible is without error. For the somewhat more sophisticated Christian, this means that the original documents are without error, but mutations/scribal errors, etc. made their way into the text over the thousands of years of their existence (see the Chicago Statement). The last qualification is made because there are indeed mistakes in the Bible you hold in your hand (yes, even the 1611 AV has mistakes), and so they apparently want to preserve some semblance of absolute truth in the originals.

But why?

The way I see it, whether the originals were inerrant or not, the texts we have now are not inerrant. We still have to test the the contents of the Bible we have whether it was originally inerrant or it was not.

I think inerrancy is an unfortunate burden for Christians to shoulder. Imagine how many trees would be saved if Christianity just stopped trying to mesh the Genesis story with modern science (that whole plants before the sun thing is pretty wicked), and just admitted that it is a myth? Does that mean that Jesus all of the sudden becomes Satan? Does that mean that the entire Bible gets thrown out, because of making mistakes? Wouldn’t have to be. I’ll be honest here, my parents have been wrong about things. Does that mean that everything they say is automatically worthless/false? Of course not. All it means is that you take things with a bit of salt and do your best to objectively test things out.

The equation of Inerrancy to Christianity is an unfortunate substitution, and I pretty much guarantee that the “silly stories” of the Bible are only harmful to one’s faith if just assumed into the storage banks of memory without discretion. Hopefully this is yet another thing Christianity progresses beyond.

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ESPN are stupid Thursday, Dec 20 2007 

‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’

Recognize that quote? You should, it is a line from one of the most famous stories of the 20th century. It is a beautiful line from an inspiring book, and pretty much sums up the message of the greatest critique of communism ever put to paper. So what happens when some suit from ESPN nabs it for his own purposes? You get this shitwreck:

Every major league ballplayer is driven to a certain degree. But to paraphrase a line from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” some players are more driven than others.

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What was he thinking? Does he even grasp the point of Orwell’s writing the book? Hell, does he even realize how bad he is messing up that very line in and of itself? I realize the stress sportswriters are under for coming up with a ‘zinger’ to keep everyone hooked, but seriously, this is absolutely pathetic.

I’m back, and trying something new Monday, Dec 17 2007 

Yep, finals are over and I am hung over mentally. I typed about 50 pages worth of paper last week, which sucked, and presented a paper on the most difficult subject I’ve ever encountered. So now, I get to hang out and read, which does not suck. Now, I know you may be thinking that I am going to bring out a list of books that put me in some pseudo-intellectual, self-serving light, but fuck it. I am going to read World War Z.

This book absolutely rules, I’ll tell you that right now. The author is Mel Brook’s son, and he is probably sick of hearing that. Whatever, this book kicks ass, and follows George Romero’s classic example of (not so) subtly implanting political/social themes in some freakin’ sweet horror prose.

In other news, I picked up one of the greatest pieces of music I’ve heard in a long, long time- Jar of Flies  by Alice in Chains. I am a big grunge fan, and this is the best acoustic stuff out there. It is a little short with only seven songs, but the songs are long and kick major ass. One song that stood out in particular was Don’t Follow. You can get a  preview of the song over at Amazon, so check it out (click on the picture):Buy that song off iTunes, rip it, steal some money from your grandma, whatever- get this album. Infinity stars.

I’m going to be gone for a while Friday, Dec 7 2007 

Finals and stuff, so in the meantime enjoy this absolutely wonderful talk by a physics grandfather.

Reason #3284 the Republican party sucks Thursday, Dec 6 2007 

She doesn’t want Ron Paul to win, so she cancels the straw poll.

Oops! Mike Huckabee=Dumbass Thursday, Dec 6 2007 

Kuhn: I don’t know to what extent you have been briefed or been able to take a look at the NIE report that came out yesterday …

Huckabee: I’m sorry?

Kuhn: The NIE report, the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. Have you been briefed or been able to take a look at it —

Huckabee: No.

Kuhn: Have you heard of the finding?

Huckabee: No.

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Holy hell, how has he not heard of this?

Dennis Kucinich is nobody’s bitch Wednesday, Dec 5 2007 

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