Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hopeful Politics...without God? (or, the inescapable eschaton)

Leithart is at it again, saying everything first, that I wish I could say, like Nietzsche did to Freud. ;)

This is a fascinating little apologetic, especially in the polarized and politically charged milieu of our time. There are partisans, but they have hope none the less. Nihilism can never form a party. This reminds me of reading Derrida in my MA program and being startled by his repeated reference to eschatology and 'future hope' themes. His system had no place for it, but he was totally unable, qua human, to do away with it.

No one doubts that the rhetoric of hope is powerful. The question is why.

Justification in flesh and blood (Persecution & Overcoming)

While all the nerds were jib-jabbing last week in Atlanta this woman was putting her money where her mouth is. Let us not forget our brothers and sisters in need.

"In this world you will have many troubles, but take heart, I have overcome the world."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Leithart weighs in on NT Wright & Tom2 at ETS on Paul

Maybe I'm just too dull to see the necessary contradictions in this.
Maybe I'm gleefully influenced by Frame, et al, and the ability to rejoice in oneness and manyness alike.
I'm not sure. Self suspicion is never far away on this issue, but I thought this post was worth it.

Read this short piece and enjoy some pavo y stuffing, y potato mezclado y salsa de cranberry:

Happiness, that's grace.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Groping at the Sunport (RP gets rowdy, again)

I just flew back from Atlanta. He speaks the truth.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Modern Art and the 4 Gospels in NYC (HT:JT)

This is exciting.

One comment: may the church get off its high horse and learn to love and appreciate aesthetics. What are we so afraid of? Whatever it may be, the fear persists to our impoverishment.

Like minded resources from a philosophical-theological perspective might include:

Schmemann "For The Life of the World."
Wolterstorff "Art in Action."
Seerveld "Rainbows for the Fallen World."


Fujimura - 4 Holy Gospels from Crossway on Vimeo.

Update: To my reforming friends, this is a slice what dominion means. Here we have a humble example of contextualization at its best; authentic, risky, involving the full expression of personhood.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Atheists (don't) have (no) songs: The "he" is always lower case

Good fun. And yet, telling.

Hat Tipped to Bob Cosby, my friend.

Really Ron Paul, its a philosophy problem? (music to my ears)

To understand 'politiks' one must realize, first, that political philosophy is not neutral. Its various starting points lead to quite different conclusions. (Notice the point made near the end, that 'without the beginning, there is no way to get to the end) It wise then and practically prudent in politics to ask at the outset where the consequences may drag us. Indeed, it would do us well to read some Plato, Rousseau, Hobbes, Locke, and then, promptly, buy and read Schlossberg's "Idols for Destruction."

Judge-ment, Ron Paul, and a daily dose of $

Interesting food for thought:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Perspectives on Paul, new and old. (Vanhoozer throws hammers)

This is an amazing lecture, and a great way to warm up for ETS this year.

Vanhoozer, in brilliant Framian style, stomps out the beginning of a path that may, we pray, lead to further discussion and mutual appreciation from both sides. I don't want to give too much away, but his suggestion, in regard to the courtroom of justification, nearly made me fall out of my chair. At the very least, he shines some much needed light on a difficult topic. Enjoy:

Friday, November 5, 2010

New Autotune (I knew the G-bros would come through)

HT: Abraham Piper

Now if I can just find someone to atune the Phil Davidson speech.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ECON rap #2 (& an interview with the makers)

I'm really excited for when the new video drops. Until then, this will tide me over.

HT: Ed Fesser

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Best Video EVAR: Obama is from Kenya-sian-a (you people)

This makes democracy so much more reassuring. ;)

Ps. Have you still not watched the Keynes/Hayek youtube rap? Repent and hit play.

Monday, November 1, 2010