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Christian Carnival XI

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The 11th edition of the Christian Carnival is up at King of Fools. More things caught my interest than usual this time around, even though the number of entries was smaller than normal.

Not surprisingly, it has one of mine, All Creation Groans. Sam's Have a Little Faith in Yourself about Ezzo's cult of moms is also there. Messy Christian demonstrates a rare understanding of how a Christian who has gay friends should deal with the tensions that arise from such relationships and probably thereby offends many Christians who should know better than to be offended but rather should feel convicted, as Patriot Paradox was, rather than offended. King of Fools himself gives a fun story with a really bad punchline.

Problem With Site

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Something's wrong with the site, and no comments can be left. I can't update my template either, which is how I discovered the problem. So don't bother to try commenting until I resolve this.

Update: It seems to be fixed. We'll see. The note from the server technical support crew didn't sound too convincing about how long-term their solution to the problem will be.

Christian Carnival Plug

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From Nick Queen of Patriot Paradox on Christian Carnival XI:

This coming Wednesday is the next Christian Carnival and will be hosted at King of Fools.

If you are reading this and are not a part of the Christian Carnival mailing list please visit the following link and join up:

http://patriot-paradox.com/mailman/listinfo/christiancarnival_patriot-paradox.com

Also if you wish to host the Carnival in coming weeks email me at

carnivalhost@patriot-paradox.com

For those unsure of what I mean by Carnival I will try to explain. First, a Carnival is a gathering of posts from various blogs that showcases their best post from the previous week. Each blog is allowed to enter one post, and I will take all of the posts and put them in one big post on my front page. Then each person who enters will link to that post, thus not only showing off their post, but also allowing their readers to get the best from around the blogosphere. Also, I ask that you please post on your site so that your readers who also blog will consider sending in their best post of this week.

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: carnival@king-of-fools.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 by 8 PM EST.

All questions are welcome. Get your entry in asap!

OrangePhilosophy

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Mark Steen of HyleNinja has started a new philosophy blog run by the philosophy graduate students at Syracuse University, so now I'm part of a new blog. It's already up and running with a bunch of posts, though right now it's just the two of us and his wife Irem who have posted anything. OrangePhilosophy is an appropriate name.

Christian Carnival X

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The Big 10 is here. WalloWorld has posted the tenth Christian Carnival with a nice C.S. Lewis theme. Here are a couple items from it:

I've already read Mark Roberts' posts on I Maccabees and Mel Gibson, so I know those are worth reading.

Joe at Evangelical Outpost has some thoughts on bad arguments made by social conservatives and where to go once you see that. But how does he attract such nuts commenting on his blog?

As usual, I've got one, my post on whether God's sovereignty requires saying there's only one possible future.

Christian Carnival plug

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The tenth edition of the Christian Carnival is still accepting submissions, but you need to hurry. (The email wasn't sent to me until this afternoon, and I'm just getting around to posting it less than four hours from the deadline.)

This coming Wednesday is the next Christian Carnival, and will be hosted
at WalloWorld.

For those unsure of what I mean by Carnival I will try to explain.
First, a Carnival is a gathering of posts from various blogs that
showcases their best post from the previous week. Each blog is allowed
to enter one post, and I will take all of the posts and put them in one
big post on my front page. Then each person who enters will link to that
post, thus not only showing off their post, but also allowing their
readers to get the best from around the blogosphere. Also, I ask that
you please post on your site so that your readers who also blog will
consider sending in their best post of this week.

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

bill@walloworld.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 by 10 PM EST.

All questions are welcome. Get your entry in asap!

Christian Carnival IX

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Christian Carnival plug

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Christian Carnival IX submissions wanted. Here's the info:

For those unsure of what I mean by Carnival I will try to explain. First, a Carnival is a gathering of posts from various blogs that showcases their best post from the previous week. Each blog is allowed to enter one post, and I will take all of the posts and put them in one big post on my front page. Then each person who enters will link to that post, thus not only showing off their post, but also allowing their readers to get the best from around the blogosphere. Also, I ask that you please post on your site so that your readers who also blog will consider sending in their best post of this week.

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 me at 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 by 10 PM EST.

Christian Carnival VIII

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The eighth edition of the Christian Carnival is up, at a new location (and thus with a very different style) this week. I'm a little disappointed that a number of old regulars are missing, but there are some new people this time, including La Shawn Barber and Uncle Sam's Cabin, both for the first time ever. Also, I'd already seen most of the interesting stuff this time around. My post on Christian criticisms of The Passion of the Christ and Sam's one on why black people aren't likely to get excited about such a "white" (i.e. mainstream) film are nicely placed right next to each other in the lineup.

Michelle at Mikao's World is doing a survey of Christian bloggers. Here's her explanatory post, and here's the link to the first part of the survey. She'll email you the link to the second part once you've completed the first part. I guess she doesn't want anyone seeing what's in the second part until they've already answered the first part.

The Christian Carnival VIII will be hosted at a new location this week, Trommetter Times. Here are the instructions for this week. Here are the instructions for this week (for posts written during last week):

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@trommetter.org

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, Marth 9th at 10PM EST.

Roundup

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I'm afraid I've found myself once again with a bunch of stuff I feel like linking to but without the time to say much about them, so it's time for another roundup.

A politically-motivated policy (and I would argue one of ill will, since 'pro-choice' is at least as much of a euphemism as 'pro-life') has led a copy editor on the Los Angeles Times to replace 'pro-life' with 'anti-abortion' when the opera being described was, quite literally, pro-life and not about abortion at all.

La Shawn Barber has some nice balance to the Memogate charges. Her conclusion? They're all deceitful snoops on both sides, and this is just about one person who got caught. This was a dishonest crime that found out the culprits anyway, and why isn't that being investigated?

The new Spare Change (formerly Clarity Amidst Chaos) has a comparison of John Kerry before and after in a nice chart. Some of these are legitimate changes of mind on the issues, but I have a hard time believing this many serious differences could be from that. As I think I've said before, I think he's in the upper class of the Democratic party, voting according to the current political wind to retain the lower elements of the party and not caring as much about the issues. (See this post for more on the class structure of the parties.)

I never knew that John Kerry had once realized the negative consequences of affirmative action for the very underrepresented minorities it's supposed to be helping. I wonder how many liberal politicians know this but won't admit to believing it due to their desire to maintain control over black voters (also in the above-linked political party class structure post). For those who want arguments for my view on affirmative action, you'll have to wait until I come to it after I finish my posts on separatism and anti-intellectualism, which I will get around to soon but have been putting off.

On the topic of the Democratic enslavement of the black vote, Baldilocks has two posts, one on her frustrations of being assumed to be a Democrat by voting officials simply because she's black and another on the issue that may cost the Democrats their loyal slaves. (This is probably one reason John Kerry, who condescendingly wants to be considered the second black president, as if there has already been one, won't say anything on the issue.)

Instapundit has a large amount of information (unusual for him) on the people complaining about Bush's commercials. Lots of interesting stuff.

Biblical scholar Ben Witherington and John Dominic Crossan (who is something else but says he's a biblical scholar -- I think he's more of speculative fiction writer about historical matters -- he seems to think Jesus was just a political revolutionary whose death was later reinterpreted to have spiritual significance and whose followers concocted most of the teachings we have from him to fit this theory instead of continuing the revolution he started and would have wanted them to continue) have a discussion about The Passion of the Christ. I give Crossan credit for giving the most serious real criticism of the film I've seen yet (though he said it for all the wrong reasons) about how people would misunderstand the cross without the context of the rest of the gospels, though I don't think that's a problem in itself. One focal point of Witherington's response to Crossan is Crossan's repetition of concerns I've pointed out before raised by Andrew Sullivan that in fact reveal a prejudice against an orthodox Christian theology of the cross. They also consider whether Mel Gibson did enough to remove the anti-Semitism objections. At the end Witherington lists some unhistoricalities that bothered him. I should say that Crossan's final comment about how Mulsims respond is just stupid. Muslims won't use this movie to blame Jews for the death of a prophet that the Qu'ran says didn't die (because prophets can't die, according to Islam).

Adrian Warnock has challenged my claim in this post that, despite the fall, humanity still has anything at all good before being redeemed. I think it's quite obvious from the biblical picture that the image of God gets twisted in the fall but not removed, but one person in the comments section of his blog seems highly resistant to this idea. Adrian also has a whole bunch of posts from the last few days responding to objections against "the church" (although I somehow get the feeling they aren't using that term as the biblical writers used 'ekklesia' for the gathering of believers).

Disney is backing the first Narnia movie. So much for that one.

Christian Carnival VII

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The seventh edition of the Christian Carnival is up. I glanced through the summaries, and some of them look pretty good, as usual. A couple look quite intriguing, in fact. It includes my post about science and love.

If you have a Christian-related post from last week to enter into the Christian Carnival, please do so by Tuesday night.

Here's the message from the host for this week:

For those unsure of what I mean by Carnival I will try to explain.
First, a Carnival is a gathering of posts from various blogs that
showcases their best post from the previous week. Each blog is allowed
to enter one post, and I will take all of the posts and put them in one
big post on my front page. Then each person who enters will link to that
post, thus not only showing off their post, but also allowing their
readers to get the best from around the blogosphere. Also, I ask that
you please post on your site so that your readers who also blog will
consider sending in their best post of this week.

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 me at 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 by 10 PM EST.

All questions are welcome. Get your entry in asap!

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