Random ramblings

by Richard on October 6, 2009

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:[1]
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[2]

Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop;[3] 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”;[4] 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.

On a different tack entirely, Methodist blogger Fat Prophet has noted with disapproval a certain slowdown in Methodist blogging

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.

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DH 10.06.09 at 3:55 pm

New evidence or self fulfilled prophesy? I tend to think the latter as much as they try desperately to find “the missing link”. My take on it is that the evolutionists search for the missing link is “weak” unless they watch the game show “The Weakest Link”. If they want to find a link to evolution they need to be watching that show. Interesting that happens to be one of my favorite British originated game shows. :) So maybe I have found the “Weakest Link” in multiple ways. :)


Richard 10.06.09 at 3:57 pm

No one is claiming that this fossil is a missing link.


Olive Morgan 10.06.09 at 6:54 pm

I don’t think FP is looking at the right Methodist blogs.I still keep going (though without many comments), and so do
Eternal echoes,
See-through faith,
The kneeler and
Sacred wells.


Richard 10.06.09 at 7:08 pm

He clearly reads at least one of the right blogs, Olive. :)


fat prophet 10.07.09 at 5:46 am

Richard thanks for giving me a mention that might move me up google a little bit!
Olive I am grateful to you for you comments and I do check your blog every day and while I may not comment that does not mean I don’t enjoy reading what you post and I have to say that the posting of comments always intrigues me - posts I think will get loads of comments often getting nothing while posts I think no one will comment on get loads.
In regard of reading other blogs my difficulty was that I had clicked on links on various other blogs in the past and often found the links went to American sites which may have been reasonably interesting but I felt a million miles away from them.
I have looked at the four you mention and may well add them to my regular reading along with the ones I check out on a daily basis where it has to be said again posting has been extremely sporadic.


Mark Byron 10.07.09 at 7:32 am

Lots of food for thought there. That “conservative bible” is a great example of isogesis, where you force your desired view onto the scripture. It almost reads like a bad Onion piece.

Good catch on the Joe Carter article but I’ll come to Randy McRoberts defense; climate change advocates will chalk up the recent cooling trend off to background noise in a long-term up trend while skeptics will think otherwise.


ee 10.07.09 at 8:22 am

I am feeling quite nauseous having gone to Conservapedia to check out the link. I assumed that it was piss take until I went to the site itself. I still can’t decide whether it’s horrific or hilarious, especially:

‘Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning’.

Because the widow’s coin and the workers who all get paid the same fit in nicely with Reaganomics, don’t they?


Richard 10.07.09 at 8:54 am

Grim, isn’t it?

Incidentally, I can’t get on Conservapedia anymore - I’m getting a “403, you don’t have permission…” error.

Obviously, I’m heartbroken.


Ivan The Crank 02.23.10 at 2:16 am


Enjoyed reading all the entries today and just wanted to let you know I found my way back to your blog. One of my problems is that I spend way too much time catching up with people on facebook and forget the depth that I find on the blogs.


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