Archive for October, 2008

The Facts Speak For Themselves?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Occasionally I’ve had an exchange with someone who presented a fact or a series of facts while either declaring or implying that they speak for themselves. During such moments I am often reminded of an instance when Ronald Reagan misquoted John Adams by saying, “Facts are stupid things,” instead of, “Facts are stubborn things.” I [...]

The Bible Is Brutal

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

It has been a struggle to keep up with my reading of Scripture. The pace is unrelenting and, ironically there is no reading Sabbath in this 90-day program. On some level, this is just a matter of prioritizing, as I know that I can find about 40 minutes a day to read the Bible, but [...]

I Would Have Been Dead Before My Time

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

I recently finished reading through the book of Leviticus, and though I can write a lot in response to what I’ve read, for now I will just say that had I been an Israelite back in the time of Moses, I would surely have been killed before my time. I don’t have a mind for [...]

Are Americans Suspicious of Intellectuals?

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Are Americans suspicious of intellectuals? I watched a good part of the Biden/Palin debate, and thought I had a good sense of who came out on top, but the next day my sense was undermined when I was listening to various political commentators who presented the debate as a toss up, or worse, that Palin [...]