Marriage. Al Mohler has a review of Time’s consideration of the topic of marriage. It would seem that Time has concluded that marriage is “in purely practical terms just not as necessary as it used to be.” Dr. Mohler points that this is really just a wrong-headed way of examining the problem, but that most Americans lack the spiritual framework to even understand the issue properly. This is kind of sad.
Theology. The Pyromaniacs have posted an excerpt from Spurgeon examining the sin of academic hubris committed by some theologians who think that theology must be lofty and require a degree to be understood. However, God’s theology is simple and is meant to be understood by children and simply trained men. Theology goes deeper, but only in the way that if you closely examine the petals of a flower you find more details you don’t see when you look at the whole.
Romanism. Which brings me back to the absurd statements made recently by the pope. One of the basic problems with the Roman tradition is its insistence that only the Church and its magisterium can provide ultimate authority on truth. However, as the recent absurdity from the Vatican shows, that only begs the question, if the pope is the only ultimate authority able to interpret scripture, who is the authority responsible for interpreting his statements? The Reformation teaches us that everyone is responsible in himself to God for his own theology. The church certainly has a role in theology, but ultimately, even churches may succumb to sin and heresy themselves.
Truth. That theology must be according to the truth of the word. And that truth is the heart of worship. A worshipper of God, must worship according to God’s truth. You cannot worship God without God’s truth. And the key to that, is realizing how God has made himself known to us.
Creationism. Fred Butler has another edition of his series discussion the theological complications caused by more “modern” interpretations of Genesis. Basically, if you decide science trumps the Bible, you’ve already destroyed the basis for good theology, so what’s the point?
Environmentalism. Ever seen one of those images of New York or the earth water. Been reading Hunger Games? Sea level rise is a total myth. Check this analysis of how unlikely some of these scare tactic photos are.
National Insecurity. I had several friends link off to Bruce Schneier’s article suggesting we close the George Washington monument until such time as we, as a nation, grow up and stop sacrificing our liberty for safety. I agree. A closed monument would be a superb symbol to our national disregard for freedom.
TSA. The list of TSA injustices continues unabated. I have fewer things this week mostly because I was finding so much other stuff of interest, not because there were fewer things to post. It’s good to know that our government thinks pizza boxes are a good advertising source for jobs for people interested in groping airline passengers. Also the TSA does respect the privacy of its own employees accused of abuse even if it does not respect your Fourth Amendment rights.
And here’s yet another movie showing that the process you go through at the airport is about jumping through meaningless hoops and punishing passengers and has nothing to do with finding weapons.
Toys. If we ever move to a different house, I think Gabe wants us to build him a room like this:
Economics. There are real poor people in the United States and the west, but I get really annoyed at the level called “poverty” in this country. People who live in “poverty” in this country are often wealthier than their wealthiest ancestors. Here’s a nice visualization showing how quality of living and wealth have increased over the past couple centuries and a good reminder of how much we take for granted.