"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." - Jerome

Monday, November 28, 2005

Saturday, November 26, 2005

More Cash

"I am not obsessed with death; I'm obsessed with living. The battle against the dark one and the clinging to the right one is what my life is all about." J.R.C.
Read more here.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Walk the Line

Looking forward to making it to Walk the Line this weekend. Looks like there are at least some positive reviews. Cash was the man. As Bono of U2 once said. "When any man hears Johnny Cash's voice he knows that in comparison he is a sissy."
I will try and post a review if I get to see it soon.

Update 11/20/2005:
Saw it last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Joaquin Phoenix had a nearly impossible task trying to portray the man in black. He did a good job given the difficulty of the assignment. (Not surprisingly, his voice was not quite up to snuff.) I was pleasantly surprised with Witherspoon. She was believable as June.
I read somewhere that John Cash took this script to his Father Johnny shortly before Johnny died. Johnny was concerned because the movie might hurt people still alive. John was right when he told his father, "Really the only person this movie makes look bad is you." At which point Johnny said "Well I don't have a problem with that." Shows Johnny's humility because the movie does make him look bad. At one point when his first wife was leaving him I strongly felt the urge to flip him off. But as his fans know it ends with redemption, June gently leading him into a small country Baptist Church, and of course the show At Folsom Prison. Great movie, anyone into music or Johnny Cash should go see it.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Intelligent Design or just critical thinking?

I had not been taking much notice of this intelligent design debate. Not really my cup of tea. But with the Vatican making the statement that it is not science gets me interested.

I think Behe is a Catholic, is his excommunication forth coming? He should have run his scientific findings by the Vatican first to make sure it is science.. But wait. If it is science then are they not suppose to comment on it, but by simply commenting on what is or isn't science they are commenting on science. That is quite a pickle. Don't introduce any critical thinking on science into the class room now.

Really I just think this is about critical thinking and teaching kids to think for themselves. Behe while open to ideas is really somewhat of a deconstructionist when it comes to evolution. Or at least near as I can tell from when I saw him speak he points out the areas where it is weak, or where there has been outright lies. Really Darwinism or 6 day creationism is not all that important to me. My faith does not hinge on how God created the world. (Although Darwinism is troubling because it CAN lead to a might makes right philosophy.) In the end challenges by people like Behe might make the evolutionary theory stronger, if it can rise to the occasion. What is everyone afraid of?

Alito's Job Ap 1985

Became a conservative reading national review. He's got my support!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Center of Christendom

Not Rome, or Canterbury, or anywhere in the USA. More and more it appears the next center of Christianity will be Africa. This is just a outword sign with the Anglican / Episcopal Church. Christ's church is on the move in Africa and Asia, and almost dormant in the west where the people have decided we are to sophisticated and proud to bend the knee, as well as in our wealth having to many other gods to entertain us.

James 2:5 (New King James Version)
5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

James 4:6 (New King James Version)
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“ God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Is the Constitution pro-life or neutral?

An interesting question. I had always taken the position that Roe v Wade should just be overturned and the decision on abortion given to the states. But apparently some think the Constitution actually forbids abortion in the Fourteenth Amendment. Is this an overreading by pro-lifers or could it be true? Some of the text of the argument:

"It is surprising, therefore, that on this most central constitutional and moral issue a preponderance of pro–life advocates and legal scholars continually misinterpret the Constitution. According to them, a proper reading of the Constitution would reject the concept of a privacy right to abortion, and thus return the nation to the pre–Roe status quo in which the decision of when, whether, and how to regulate abortion was left to the states. In offering this “restoration interpretation,” they ignore or reject the proper interpretation, which would extend the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment to unborn persons. This is what I will call in this essay the “unborn person interpretation.”

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Cult of Progress

"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around." - Chesterton (Orthodoxy, 1908)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Third Century Church Found in Israel

The first clue that it was old was that there are two fish but one of them does not say "Darwin" being eaten by another that says "Truth". Kind of nice to see the unadulterated form for a change. Read more here.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Oasis and Bono

Interesting story here on Bono's interaction with the Oasis brothers. Seems they are asking some thought provoking questions on their new album Don't Believe The Truth. I have not been into Oasis since way back to the Morning Glory album. In fact I still thought they were no longer together because the brothers could not get along. Kind of cool.

Friday, November 04, 2005

To Build or not to Build

I'm torn: The cultural conservative in me wants a fence, but the libertarian in me doesn't. I don't know if California's culture being overrun by Hispanic culture would be a bad thing either...Hollywood nihilism or Catholic moralism? Mexifornia may not be a bad thing...

Jonathan Edwards quote of the day.

"True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will" -Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Majority-Catholic Supreme Court

Interesting story on how William Brennan contributed to what could soon be a conservative Catholic majority supreme court. In short his decision on Roe united Catholic's and Evangelical Protestants politically. Protestant presidents have packed the court with Catholic intellectuals. I could do without Cumo's snide remark closing out the story. But you will have that with the MSM.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Russia and Rome

No talk of trying to get the former KGB guy out of the church. Oh well. One step at a time.

Alito and abortion

Drudge had a link to freak out pro-lifers:


But then National Review has a defense:


The people who think for me are arguing! What to think, What to think?!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Won't help them

The Dems shutting down the Senate may help delay Alito. But I can not see how acting like 60's anti-war hippie kooks will help them at the polls. As far as elections go this is handing the Republicans a victory. Keep it up Harry! Louder please.
Hopefully Frist can find a way to let them act like freaks but still push Alito through.


While I was hoping for Janice Rogers Brown I look forward to the fight for Alito. This is a great choice that I am very excited about.