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Backhanded Compliment?

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From a response by a friend (a Christian universalist who denies inerrantism) to my post on Matthew and fulfillment of scripture:

Jeremy, I do greatly admire the thought and energy you put into your work. My love for the scriptures is enhanced by your writing. I admire your writing as
much as I disagree with it (or much of it). There are not many people I know who are as skilled as you are at taking an issue and spinning it in such a way as to may it appear as something so different from what it actually is.

26 Days

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That's how long it took for Crooked Timber to change my link from my old blog location to this one. For those who don't know, Crooked Timber is probably the most linked to group blog by academic bloggers from multiple disciplines. (This assumes The Volokh Conspiracy doesn't count as interdisciplinary.) Right now Crooked Timber is #28 in the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem, but #23 through #28 are all within 10 links of each other, and I remember Crooked Timber being at #22 not too long ago, so it moves around a bit in that region of the Ecosystem. Volokh is #9.)

The strange thing about this is that, despite my relative obscurity and Crooked Timber's relative popularity, I know one of them personally in real life. He has no access to the blogroll feature, which lists academic bloggers by field, but I did send emails to two other Crooked Timber bloggers who failed to respond before I asked him again, and he contacted one of them. I should say that I very much appreciate Crooked Timber's willingness to put a link up for me to begin with, but it is strange that it took this long to get it updated when they put it up within a couple days when they first added me, and the only reason it took that long was because it was winter break and they were all traveling.

Now if I could only get Adrian Warnock to switch me in the Blogdom of God (a loose collection of blogs that loosely identify themselves as God blogs, loosely interpreted). He's already a day behind Crooked Timber, because I first emailed him about it on Jan 31, and my first email to someone at Crooked Timber was Feb 1. To be fair, I've only emailed him once since then (though I've emailed him a few times about adding me to the aggregator, with no response), and people at Crooked Timber had four total emails before they switched it, but the Blogdom of God also has an automated submission feature, and I did try that also at least a week after the first time I emailed him. This non-switch has had a serious impact on my Ecosystem ranking, since my old blog still outranks my new one, mostly because of all the links from people in the Blogdom of God.

Roundup

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I don't generally like to throw links around InstaPundit-style without having something to say about them, but I've got a longer list of things I think are worth reading that I have relatively little to say about than I could possibly come up with time to think about long enough to have something to say about many of them. So I'll go overboard on the links, since I'm acting out of character anyway.

Josh Claybourn links to an article by Thomas Sowell lamenting the fact that bad economics gets passed on so often because good economists won't bother to refute anything that has already been seen to be refuted in academic journals by most of the community of economists. The problem is that none of it filters down to the popular level, and elections reflect all the mythical thinking that economists could easily refute. Along the way, he does some nice refuting of some of these myths.

Also via Josh Claybourn, this new combination modern art/public toilet really plays with our ideas of privacy. Imagine sitting on the toilet doing your duties with nothing but glass separating you and the people outside on the street. That's literally true here, and it will look just like that on the inside of the bathroom, though to the outside it just looks like a bunch of mirrors. The most interesting part, however, is that it's legal, in the spirit of the artwork, and most of all not even disgusting to urinate and defecate on a piece of art.

One Hand Clapping has a post balancing out some of what he's said previously on the gay marriage issue. His general perspective so far has been pretty much the same as mine, roughly ambivalent about the rage so far expressed by so many Christians on the issue, with really mixed feelings about the events transpiring in California, Massahusetts, Ohio, and pretty much every other state saying one thing or another on the issue. He generally seems to have no problem with a secular government doing whatever it wants to do in assigning a civil status to gay couples. This new post focuses on the comparison between biblical descriptions of homosexual sex and divorce often brought up by those who want to see approval for homosexuality. As usual, I don't see any problems with his argument.

A quick scan of "How Can We Know Anything About the Real Jesus?", by Mark Roberts, whose work in the past I've enjoyed and found balanced and not overstated, gives me enough reason to suggest it to those who worry about the extreme skeptical claims of some who call themselves scholars and yet think we don't know much about Jesus, which turns out to be a really extreme view among biblical scholars, not that the specials on the History Channel would clue anyone in to that.

Hey! I know this guy! One of the entries in the Christian Carnival VI is by Enoch Choi, who was in medical school at Brown when I was an undergrad there. I can't say I know him well, but we had some close friends in common, one of whom was in my wedding party (Melvin, if you read this, I have no remnants of your contact info. due to a virus a few years ago but would definitely appreciate an email). His wife Tania also blogs on a separate page at his site. These are two people whom I respect very much, and I look forward to reading their thoughts.

Christian Carnival VI

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The sixth edition of the Christian Carnival is out. It's got my Intellectuals and Grasping the Mercies of God post among a number of other entries that are probably worth reading but most of which have not yet been read by me.

Christian Carnival V

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The fifth Christian Carnival is now up. I haven't had a chance to look at any of the entries yet (except my own Delight in Sin, of course). If I see anything particularly worth highlighting, I may still do that later.

Referrals

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Someone did a Google search for:

hit the sack saying history

They clicked on the link after reading Google's except and proceeded to see the deep and insightful connections between the saying 'hit the sack' and ... people who believe the world was created in six 24-hour periods! Hmm. These aren't the droids you're looking for...

Someone did a Yahoo search for:

christianity, post literal, films

It landed on my main page. I do use all those words from time to time, but not necessarily in any related way. What's most obvious in all these searches is how many people don't have a clue how to search. Commas? Try quotes.

Here's one that I think I forgot to put in my last listing. Someone searched Google for this:

critics about ayn rand and her new racism in multiculturalism

I can't imagine what this person was looking for. It must be something very specific. Was the term 'multiculturalism' even invented before Rand died? Whatever this person was looking for (and it seems to be something that would require better searching skills, including quotes), it isn't on my site.

Update: Here are some more. Someone searched Earthlink for Bush wimp. They received a description of my post about the wimpiness of libertarianism and for some reason still clicked on it!

Someone did a search from an Asian language Google search page (I'm guessing Korean) for new euphemism. With such a non-specific search, my post on Brights was #4. That's surprising, but I guess Google likes me.

Someone did a CNN Google query for al sharpton humanitarian. I was #9, and apparently I looked like what they wanted.

It's probably worth mentioning that probably half of my hits resulting from search engines have to do with Myers-Briggs types of specific people mentioned in my blog (or some just something like famous entp or famous ENTJ) and that many of the specific people mentioned aren't discussed on my blog in terms of personality type, which makes me wonder why people click on the link. Colin Powell, Mel Gibson, Albert Einstein, Saddam Hussein, and Rudy Giuliani are some I've seen.

Christian Carnival plug

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Please send your entries in now to the Christian Carnival, hosted by Patriot Paradox. Here is how:

To enter is simple. First your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are political (or otherwise) in nature from a Christian point of view. Then do the following:

email the Carnival at this address:

carnival@patriot-paradox.com

Provide the following:

Title of your Blog
URL of your Blog
Title of your post
URL linking to that post
Description of the Post

Cut off date is Tuesday at 5PM EST.

Political Blog Directory

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Here's a new blog directory for political blogs, and you can search by political persuasion or other elements (e.g. religion, humor). I hope it catches on. This could be a nice place to go to look for sites if it works out.

Latest Referrals

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This blog got a hit from the search "HOW DO CONSUMMATE THE MARRIAGE SPIRITUALLY". I wonder what that's all about.

This one really got me. It looks as if I'm not on the page anymore, but joseph fit brought someone to my blog.

Update: It continues! I guess this is a good time for these. Someone actually clicked on a link to my blog with the following Yahoo search:

(mantra OR tattoo OR spells OR drawings) "protect the unborn"

Christian Carnival IV

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The fourth edition of the Christian Carnival is up. It includes my post about six-day views on Genesis 1 and the misuse of the term 'literal' by both sides. I haven't read through the other entries yet, so I'll continue my de facto policy of not recommending anything in particular. (Maybe I'll revoke that policy when I get around to reading all the other entries if anything stands out.)

Odd referral

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Someone found Sam's blog Uncle Sam's Cabin through the following Google search:

organization of telepathy in pakistan

She's the number 2 link at this point. It makes you wonder what the person was looking for. Just glancing at the descriptions of the some of the other sites makes me wonder what those people were thinking.

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