Christian Carnival XLV

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The 45th Christian Carnival is at CowPi Journal. My Universal Salvation and Universal Damnation is the best I could come up with this week. I don't want to limit the importance of the point I was making, but it isn't exactly the usual careful and comprehensive post I like to submit. I just didn't have the time this week with another hard drive failure and reinstallation on top of the kids throwing up on and off for three days, usually right when we were about to go to bed. I thought I'd already linked to this at some point, but I can't find it if I did. Rebecca Writes looks at Isaiah 10 and shows how it requires compatibilism about absolute divine sovereignty over human actions and absolute human responsibility for those same actions. I don't see how you can get around this conclusion. It doesn't show that God controls every event (though I think other things throughout the Bible show God's sovereignty over every event), but it does show that the main philosophical argument for Arminianism, which is really an argument for libertarian freedom, is one that Isaiah would not countenance. IntolerantElle makes an insightful but unpopular observation that our society's attitude toward women's armpit hair is opposed to the way God created us (and by 'us' I mean not just how God created women's armpit hair but how he designed men to respond to it). She concludes with some suggestions about other ways we concede to the culture around us that has rejected God's creation in various ways, all the while wondering how many other ways we may do this. I'm impressed by her care in showing what exactly she is saying and what she's not saying, wisely anticipating how some will unreflectively read her. Most arguments against genetic engineering I've seen rely on pretty awful arguments. Some necessary connection is drawn between the scientific process and some cultural effect, or the "playing God" non-argument comes up. Wallo World's post, however, seems to me to be raising the right issues in the right way. These aren't at all arguments against genetic engineering, of course, but what Bill is doing is raising the issues that will almost inevitably come up. If those who heed this kind of warning are careful, much of what he's predicting might be avoided, though some of it may be hard to avoid. I'm not against genetic engineering at all in principle. After all, it's as old as Jacob's selective breeding, just with different methods now. Bill's concerns are hard to resist admitting are real problems, though, and many of the reasons people want to use these methods of genetic engineering are at best suspect and at worst extremely dangerous.

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