Around the Blogosphere 5-20-05

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Interesting searches have been fairly thin since last Tuesday, but I guess it works out because I've had very little time to comb the blogosophere for interesting stuff to go along with the interesting searches. Here's what I did notice:

yoda pornography
Fortunately for this person, Sitemeter only gave me three of the four numbers of the IP address, but I can say that it was someone in Australia.

Meaning of belching??
I didn't know it generally expressed any content. The double question mark is a nice touch. I'm not sure how it was supposed to help the search engine find the right answer, though.

why are black people so unintelligent
It may be related to why people who search Google for "why are black people so unintelligent" are so unintelligent.

I've got two more carnivals to add to my list to go through. I'm working on Christian Carnival LXIX right now, and then I'll have Carnival of the Vanities CXXXVIII. New to my list to work through since I last listed the ones I needed to go through are Best of Me Symphony LXXVII (the Nathaniel Hawthorne edition) and Christian Carnival LXX, which was independently constructed by 70 bloggers all sitting in their own homes writing without consulting any of the others, and miraculously they all came up with the same thing. Penitens was the first to post it and thus ends up with all the credit.

Eric Bakovic has a fun post on language in Star Wars at Language Log.

Meanwhile, Mark Liberman discovers through Google that 'unpacked' is a self-antonym. People seem to insist on treated it as if it means "not unpacked". What's most disturbing about this is that most of these sentences sound perfectly normal even if you're looking for a problem.

The tilde in formal logic is magical, according to Paul Nelson. With most scientific claims, putting a tilde in front of a sentence to negate it doesn't make for an unscientific claim. It just makes for one that is not true if the original claim is true. Both propositions would still be of science. Paul points out that some propositions magically become religious and not scientific if the tilde is place in front of them. As Paul says, "Put a tilde in front of any of these, and you'll find yourself wearing a clerical collar." [Hat tip: Wittenberg Gate]

Adrian Warnock gives a nice summary of why Leviticus is important for Christians. I'd probably have said something about the festivals' fulfillment in the NT and a little more than he did on social justice, but I can't really complain about what he does say.

Jollyblogger's back from being a full-time dad on top of being a full-time pastor, and he's got some great stuff. First, he takes on those who are extremely critical of New Perspective guru N.T. Wright who question his orthodoxy. I really wish I had the time to interact with this post in more detail, but oh well. It has some great thoughts on larger issues of divisiveness over doctrine and what sorts of issues count as grounds for declaring someone a heretic.

Next, he reviews a book on C.S. Lewis on the afterlife.

To whom should we preach? Should sermons be evangelistic, or should they feed the flock? Jollyblogger says both, but he thinks the mindset behind the question is wrong. Sermons shouldn't need to be constructed with some audience like that. Simply preaching the text, with an eye toward both groups' probably being there, will suffice. Every sermon should tie back to the gospel, Christ, the cross, or some element thereof, so even a text that seems hard to direct to either group should do.

Finally, Jollyblogger also has a beautiful defense of the in-depth study of the Bible, including in the details of theology, from an interesting take. The falling away passage in Hebrews, however you interpret it, needs to be interpreted from the context, which is about the people who don't want to sit through things like a detailed discussion of Melchizedek as a type of Christ but just want to stick with the elementary teachings. David says:

These "just the basics" kind of folks may think they are showing a true love for Jesus by disavowing all of this in-depth doctrinal stuff and focusing on the practical. But the writer to the Hebrews shows that it is just the opposite. A true love for Jesus is shown by a love of learning and a constantly yearning to understand the deeper and more difficult points of doctrine.

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