No particular theme to this post…
I couldn’t help smiling last week when an old post titled The Truth of Genesis was resurrected from way back when at the very time when fresh and exciting new evidence of the story of human evolution was emerging. Not that I’ve anything against old posts rising again if folk want to talk about them. I just wish the fundamentalists could find some new arguments. To put it mildly, the ones they’ve got suck.
Talking of fundamentalists, have you ever come across conservapedia, the conservative response to wikipedia? (Readers who’ve been around here a while might’ve - I gave them a couple of mentions back in 2007). Anyway, not content with combatting liberal bias in the world’s most popular wiki, it seems they’ve now turned their attention to the liberal bias of the Almighty himself. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you (thanks to Boing Boing the Conservative Bible:
As of 2009, there is no fully conservative translation of the Bible which satisfies the following ten guidelines:
Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias
Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, “gender inclusive” language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity
Not Dumbed Down: not dumbing down the reading level, or diluting the intellectual force and logic of Christianity; the NIV is written at only the 7th grade level
Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop; defective translations use the word “comrade” three times as often as “volunteer”; similarly, updating words which have a change in meaning, such as “word”, “peace”, and “miracle”
Combat Harmful Addiction: combating addiction by using modern terms for it, such as “gamble” rather than “cast lots”; using modern political terms, such as “register” rather than “enroll” for the census
Accept the Logic of Hell: applying logic with its full force and effect, as in not denying or downplaying the very real existence of Hell or the Devil.
Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning
Exclude Later-Inserted Liberal Passages: excluding the later-inserted liberal passages that are not authentic, such as the adulteress story
Credit Open-Mindedness of Disciples: crediting open-mindedness, often found in youngsters like the eyewitnesses Mark and John, the authors of two of the Gospels
Prefer Conciseness over Liberal Wordiness: preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio; avoid compound negatives and unnecessary ambiguities
Thus, a project has begun among members of Conservapedia to translate the Bible in accordance with these principles. The translated Bible can be found here.
If I’d not come across conservapedia before, I’d have assumed that this was some attempt at parody. This looks like further evidence that Joe carter’s recent proposal is correct: modern US conservatism has more in common with a personality cult than the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Concern about climate change (or global warming, if you’d rather) has been a consistent talking point on this blog over the years, and I’m genuinely puzzled about why some of my pals just don’t get it. For example, Randy McRoberts is one of my oldest blogging buddies. He’s a fine fellow. So how can he be content to parrot rubbish like this?
This is nothing but a manufactured “crisis” designed to (a) keep plenty of taxpayer-funded research dollars flowing to scientists and bureaucrats who would rather make an easy buck than do something useful, and (b) engineer the government control and wealth redistribution that socialists have long yearned for.
Makes me weep. On a more positive note, RealClimate has a nice piece explaining why recent crowing from the ’sceptics’ that “Global Warming has stopped” is wringing a flood from a damp clout. Here’s the punchline
The bottom line is: the observed warming over the last decade is 100% consistent with the expected anthropogenic warming trend of 0.2 ºC per decade, superimposed with short-term natural variability. It is no different in this respect from the two decades before. And with an El Niño developing in the Pacific right now, we wouldn’t be surprised if more temperature records were to be broken over the coming year or so.
I would rather not go off line so to speak at the moment as there seems to be very little going on in the Methodist blogging group with most of the regulars posting very sporadically … I know its the start of the new Methodist year but as far as I am aware most of the regulars have not moved station so I would have hoped they would have posted a little more regularly
Speaking personally, my lack of posts recently does have a bit to do with the way my work is going. But if I’m honest with myself, it is more that most of the joy seems to have gone out of it recently, one way or another. And I need it putting back.
All suggestions gratefully received.