A Little Help From My Friends

Friday’s Mini-Blog – Current Chrestomathy

From time to time, I will post quotes from books and authors I am currently reading or have read in the past.  Happy Friday!

“The modern man says, ‘Let us leave all these arbitrary standards and embrace liberty.’ This is, logically rendered, ‘Let us not decide what is good, but let it be considered good to not decide it.’ He says, ‘Away with your old moral formulae; I am for progress.’ This, logically stated, means, ‘Let us not settle what is good; but let us settle whether we are getting more of it.’ He says, ‘Neither religion nor morality, my friend, lie in the hope of the race, but in education.’ This, clearly expressed, means, ‘We cannot decide what is good, but let us give it to our children.’ … As enunciated today, ‘progress’ is simply a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative. We meet every ideal of religion, patriotism, beauty, or brute pleasure with the alternative ideal of progress–that is to say, we meet every proposal of getting something that we know about, with an alternative proposal of getting a great deal more of nobody knows what. Progress, properly understood, has, indeed, a most dignified and legitimate meaning. But as used in opposition to precise morals, it is ludicrous… For progress by its very name indicates a direction; and the moment we are least doubtful about the direction, we become in the same degree doubtful about the progress. Never perhaps since the beginning of the world has there been an age that had less right to use the word ‘progress’ than we… I do not, therefore, say that the word ‘progress’ is unmeaning; I say it is unmeaning without the previous definition of moral doctrine, and that it can only be applied to groups of persons who hold that doctrine in common. Progress is not an illegitimate word, but it is logically evident that it is illegitimate for us. It is a sacred word, a word which could only be rightly used by rigid believers and in the ages of faith.” (Heretics, G.K. Chesterton)

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Wednesday’s Mini-Blog – On Republican “Truces”

A timely response from Doug Wilson to the chicanery and shenaniganry currently oozing out of the Republican party.

“This is happening in lots of different areas, so I don’t want to pick on Rand Paul. But for the sake of convenience, let us start with him. He recently called for a “truce” within the Republican Party on “social issues,” but what such a truce would actually amount to is total capitulation on the part of social conservatives.

To agree to a truce on such issues is to acknowledge in some fundamental way that the issue is not what you have been claiming for it all these years. Principled incrementalism would never use the word truce. Face-saving surrenders do. If abortion is murder, you don’t go halvsies on it. If you had been fighting the Nazi genocide for years, and they suddenly offered you a truce, wherein they agreed to stop killing the Feingolds and so on through the end of the alphabet, and you agreed to such a deal, would this not reveal that you had no earthly clue what position you had actually been advocating?”

Read the rest here.

Wednesday’s Internet Grab-Bag – March 12th

8 Facts that Will Change Your Concept of Time – I may be a little late to the game on this one, but these facts from the Huffington Post reveal how short our history really is despite what we think at times.

7 Brands that are Struggling – Several big name companies on here reveal the changing tapestry of American corporations.  Some may be declaring bankruptcy and closing their doors fairly soon.

Crimean/Ukrainian War – Christianity Today has put out a helpful article that looks at the tumultuous Christian history of Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, and Europe.  John Green also has a quick, helpful video.

Various Kinds of Tongues – The Cripplegate continues it’s fantastic series on comparing modern tongues with Biblical tongues and looking at the idea of “human languages.”

A Swedish Pentecostal Megachurch Pastor Converts to Catholicism – Ulf Ekman has served in the prosperity/Word of Faith leaning movement he started for 30 years.  On Sunday, March 9th, he confessed to his congregation that he was contributing to the “ongoing Protestant fragmentation of Christendom” and resigned from the pulpit.

Noah’s Application for Christians – A follow-up by Jerry Johnson after he gave his 5 positives and negatives of the new Noah movie that is set to release this month.  A great practical guide for both Christians and churches.

False Teacher’s Series – Tim Challies, a great pastor/blogger from Canada, began a series a while back on various false teachers.  He goes in-depth for each while still maintaining easy readership.  This series comes highly recommended.  So far, you can check out ones on Arius, Pelagius, Muhammad, and Joseph Smith.  With more to come, this looks to be a great one.

Minimalist Bible Poster – These are SWEET! Presbyterian pastor/graphic designer Joseph Novak created these posters for all 66 books of the Bible.  Each picture relies on themes presented in each book.  Some are pretty easy to get, while others may take some thinking.  All of them are available for purchase!