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This Week's Carnivals

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Christian Carnival LXXVI is at ChristWeb, including my Revenge of the Sith and Lucas' Moral Views. Carnival of the Vanities CXLV is Sophistpundit. I'm there in the form of Dr. Seuss on Hardball. (Update: In case you haven't noticed, my sitemeter passed 125,000 today, and the 125,00th clicked from the CotV.)

Matt Jones has performed a great service in collecting links to all the Christian Carnivals from the very beginning and putting up a post that has every single one of them, to be updated as new ones come in. So if you want a list of all the Christian Carnivals, you've got one. I'm in all of them except one, I believe, which was near the beginning when I hadn't quite gotten into the schedule of submitting a post every week. There may not be anyone who is in more of them. Of course you won't be able to follow the links for most of them, since they have links to the older URLs that the new system has changed, but you can probably find any post you see in one of the carnivals by searching my blog with the form in the sidebar.

Intellectuelle

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Intellectuelle has now been launched. It's a blog by seven Christian women who insist on being good thinkers without abandoning the heart. I've had Marla and Bonnie in my blogroll for a long time, so I'm excited that they're involved with this. I was one of the judges for the contest that ended up selecting the other five Intellectuelles, and some of them were among my top choices, so I expect this to be a worthwhile read. They also plan to have guest bloggers from time to time to capture a wider cross-section of Christian women in the blogosphere.

Real Life Update

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I'm in the throes of finishing up one course, trying to get the grading done before the last day on Thursday, writing an exam for Thursday, trying to secure fall teaching for me and a friend who is out of town with one procrastinating institution and one institution desperately waiting to hear about the other one, and trying to move toward preparing for a course that I'll start teaching before grades are due for the one I'm just finishing, though I have a week in between the two to try to do most of the grading and some prepwork for the second course. It also doesn't help that it's been ridiculously hot. I have a hard time being productive when it's above 70, and it's been in the upper 90s, so I just completely shut down.

I haven't even had much chance to sit down for more than a few hours to get enough grading done to get my students' work back to them. Ethan's out of school, and there's been more need for me to be around to wrangle the kids. My students' work is therefore coming in almost as fast as I can return it. I can't grade when there's more than one kid for me to deal with, and even that's hard, depending on what the kid is doing. Getting a chance to think through what I'll be teaching for this course I've never taught really takes my undivided attention along with my willingness to sit in one of the hottest rooms of the house where all my books are, with the doors closed so the kids can't take the room apart. So anyway, all this is to say that if I get any of the most interesting and contentful posts I've been thinking about, it will be pure indulgence at the expense of more important things, so I'm not planning much of that soon.

Expect to see an interesting post from Wink within the next week or so. He's already written a draft, but he thinks it needs refinement, and I doubt he's going to find a lot of time this week to do it. It will likely bring out some good discussion, and he says it will lead in to some further posts once he's done with that one.

More Searches

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antimony bible
I do know someone who has a metal Bible, but I think it's aluminum. Is antimony even stable?

why car came into existence
Who asks questions like this? Even most people who don't know how to use search engines effectively usually write in complete English sentences. Someone wanting to know the story of the first car would probably want to find out about who invented it and how rather than using terms that are more likely to turn up discussions of the origin of the universe or of humanity that also happen to mention the word 'car'.

condoleeza rice autistic
I can't help wondering what this person was thinking. It's not surprising that it doesn't turn up anything interesting.

ChristWeb will be hosting the 76th Christian Carnival this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

I'm #1

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I just discovered that biblical scholar Ben Witherington has a blog. So far he's not blogging about any of his academic work, but there's interesting and thoughtful stuff there, including some good movie reviews and a reflection on the ethics of cell phones. I had to put my two cents in on his perpetuation of the myth that Obi-Wan's comment about absolutes has anything to do with relativism, so if you want to see a glimpse of the further thoughts on that that I haven't yet put together in a post here since I saw the film, check it out there.

Recent Searches

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Here are some noteworthy ways people have found me of late, two where I just felt the need to do some serious commenting and moral reprimand, two that speak for themselves but get a snappy answer anyway:

what is the bad murder
Aren't they all bad?

what attracts white women to black men
It's usually the same sort of thing that attracts white women to white men, black women to black men, Asian women to white men, black men to Asian women, etc. It's the fact that they're men and that they have some collection of traits that attracts them, usually things that have little to do with race. People are attracted to people for various reasons, and it's usually not because they're reducing all their characteristics to racial ones. Once that's clear it's hard not to see the question as incredibly insulting and probably resulting from residual racism.

is there any kind of truth due to why the sun rises
Yes.

Bush thinks Christianity and Islam are the same
That's not even close to what he said. He said Christianity and Islam believe in the same God. The being that the practitioners of each refer to is the same being. That's not even close to saying that each is equally good or correct in what it says, never mind saying that they're completely the same. All it says is that the being Muslims refer to when they say 'God' is the same being Christians refer to. That's fully consistent with saying most of what Muslims say about God is false, and most of what Muslims do in their worship is immoral. Since the search didn't turn up the right posts of mine on this, here they are.

The 75th Christian Carnival is up at In the Spirit of Grace. Christian Hedonism is my contribution.

New Ecosystem

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In case you haven't seen the new Truth Laid Bear blog ecosystem, check it out. There are now community pages for communities of bloggers, e.g. the Blogdom of God and the Conservative Brotherhood. This ranks the blogs in the community by how many links each blog in the community has from other members of that community. There's also a somewhat randomly ordered aggregator of the latest posts from that community alongside a more organized aggegator of the most-linked posts in that community (which I presume is also judged by how many people just within the community have linked to that post). There's a more general page that does the same thing with the top posts of the ecosystem as a whole (like the Blogosphere Daily News did for a time), and there are the usual links ranking and traffic ranking pages. He's exploring a topical organization of top posts and a list of all the recent blog carnivals, but those seem to be in very rough form still (e.g. out of the last nine Christian Carnivals, he has three listed, none all that recent).

In the Spirit of Grace will be hosting the 75th Christian Carnival this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Matt 10:40-42

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I've been getting a great many searches for the above passage. They're undoubtedly all ending up at this post. Does anyone have any ideas why this passage, all of a sudden, should be drawing so much interest?

Sam posted some pictures of the garden from two years ago, with young Ethan and Isaiah testifying to the age of the photos. She's got another post at her main blog that I won't highlight yet because I'm still mulling over whether I'm going to post something else on it myself, but I've had basically zero time for the past few days to do more than write a few comments, work on my sidebar a little, and edit some permalinks.

Christian Carnival LXXIV is at Daddypundit.

OrangePhilosophy has moved to a new server to match the URL format for all the other Ektopos blogs now. Irem posted something about temporary intrinsics this week, and I'm still trying to decide if it's an extremely interesting issue or a total non-problem.

Next Monday is the next Philosophers' Carnival. As usual, all the info is here.

The Christian Carnival submissions deadline has been moved to 8am tomorrow morning. See here for submissions info.

Recent ways people found me:

prove william alston's claim to perceive God
Um... Alston's point was to show that belief in God can be justified without proof.

phil ehart sang all i wanted
Maybe in the shower. I don't think Phil Ehart has even sung background vocals for Kansas. He's a really nice guy (I've met him), a good band manager, and a great drummer, but singing doesn't seem to be one of the things he does. Steve Walsh probably sang every vocal in that song.

infp fundamentalist
So is this someone who is a fundamentalist about being INFP, or is it a fundamentalist who happens to be INFP? I hope it's not an attempt to find people who think being INFP correlates in any way with being a fundamentalist. You're not likely to turn up much for that one. INFPs don't like order imposed by others and prefer to come up with their own ways to do things rather than follow any method they didn't devise themselves.

Daddypundit will be hosting the 74th Christian Carnival this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Link Policy

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There's nothing you can do that will automatically secure a link from me, unless you know me in real life. I won't give someone a link just so I can get one back. Some blogs in my blogroll are there because they were the first blogs to link to me, and I responded out of gratefulness to their reaching out to someone with little exposure. A few are ones I read once and loved so much that I linked them immediately. A bunch are just some of the most widely respected blogs in their categories. For a short time I linked to any high quality, contentful philosophy blog, especially if it was along my interests and not thoroughly offensive, as some are.

For many, I had enough repeat visits to the site over a long period of time and decided that the blog in question was consistently good on topics I found interesting and worth my time. A few of my favorite blogs didn't interest me at first, and then I found post after post that was just on the same wavelength as my own thinking. Some people leave comments asking for a link or asking to exchange links. Such comments will probably just get deleted as off-topic. If you consistently interact with what I write on my blog or link to my posts and discuss them in an intelligent way, then it's likely that I'll keep following you, just because I'm more likely to check your site to see what you're saying about me.

Of course, the stuff on your own site has to be of interest to me in the first place enough for me to want to read it now and then, or I'm not likely to link to you no matter how much you interact with my stuff. The most important thing is that I deem your blog good and worthy of promotion. I have very specific things that I think make a blog good. One thing I really appreciate is friendly interaction with people you disagree with and positive attempts to understand those who disagree with you. It's going to be hard to get my interest if the main purpose of your blog is to say negative things about anyone. I also have a fondness for thinking outside the box and not toeing a party line, even one I agree with. If you say things I agree with that every blogger is saying, you won't stand out as worthy of special attention. If you engage in careful analysis in a systematic and thorough way, I'm likely to be interested. If you spout off slogans that oversimplify and seem merely reactive, I'll tune out immediately. I tend to want to promote those who agree with me enough that we share a common basis but disagree enough that I will be challenged by their thinking. Regularly producing high quality stuff along these lines while consistently showing enough interest in what I do is the easiest way to secure a link from me.

Reformed Politics will be hosting the 73rd Christian Carnival this week. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Second, please submit only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from last Wednesday through this coming Tuesday).

Then do the following:

Isaiah got into the peanut butter this week.

The 140th Carnival of the Vanities is at Blog Business World. My Affirmative Action, Part X: Race as a Qualification is part of it.

Christian Carnival LXXII is at A Physicist's Perspective. My Baptism for the Dead is among the entries.

David Velleman looks at genetics and homosexuality. I agree with almost everything he says, with the only notable exception his insistence that there is no moral dimension to homosexuality.

My new RSS feeds are now in the sidebar. My old ones shouldn't work anymore. I've got a few minor things to change in my sidebar still, including some font formatting issues, and then I can begin working on the internal links that should now all be dead, incluyding getting my favorite posts and series back in the sidebar once the fonts are small enough to allow more room for them.

Transition

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Due to the upgrade and an unavoidable move back to parablemania.ektopos.com, some things will be a little weird here for the time being. A lot of the permalinks might not work. I couldn't access my template last night to make changes to this default one that came with the new version of MT, so my whole sidebar has been gone. I believe commenting should work fine, but the list of recent comments will have to wait until I can get to the template. I don't know how soon all this will be able to happen.

Matthew's putting in a lot of work to get things up and running, but it's not instantaneous, and there was no ideal solution to some of the problems he's had to deal with. Unfortunately it looks as if my permalinks will be the biggest problem once he's done, assuming the same thing happens as what happened last time when I moved from parablemania.ektopos.com in the first place. It does look as if it will solve my archive problem, and I hope he can do that without losing any posts.

Update: In the meantime, please update any links you might have to this blog. The old address forwards here, but it's best to go right to the new one, and the blog directories might not keep track of the old one once I submit the change to them.

I guess I've had a series without intending it on Roman Catholicism. I was going to do one more post on these things dealing with a multitude of issues that I might as well separate out into separate posts. So it seemed fitting to put together a post linking to all the posts so far, and I'll add links to ones that follow as I come up with them.

First, I wrote a tribute to John Paul II as the pope a Protestant could be glad for, in part because of his views on justification that seemed to me to move closer toward the Protestant understanding. The I argued that Roman Catholicism does not, at least in principle, commit the heresy Paul was arguing against in the letter to the Galatians. Then I wrote some initial thoughts on the choice of Cardinal Ratzinger to be pope. I ended this portion of the series with an email from someone who was involved with the recent talks between Catholics and Lutherans, who said that Benedict XVI, when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, was in agreement with John Paul II on these issues. I threw in a postscript on John Paul II and Campus Crusade in Poland that might as well go in the list.

Next I will be working on arguments commonly offered against Catholicism by Protestants. I have no intention of defending Catholic positions as true, but I do think the common claim that these positions make Catholics automatically not really Christians goes a bit beyond the evidence. There are easy explanations of most of the things Protestants complain about that show that holding such views or engaging in such practices does not entail denying the gospel.

Comment Problems

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Apologies to those who had comment problems last night. The MT software was being upgraded on the Ektopos blogs server, and I couldn't get in to edit my template to fix my recurring MTAmazon problem. For future reference, if you ever leave a comment and see an error that says anything about MTAmazon, that means my main page can't rebuild because one of the books in the margins isn't loading properly. The problem is on Amazon's end, and the only way I can fix it is by isolating which books is causing the problem and editing the MTAmazon code so that it's a regular HTML link. When it happens, commenters get errors, and the comment won't show up on the main page. That does not mean your comment didn't get saved, so there's no reason to leave multiple comments for me to delete. Usually I get to it within hours, but last night I couldn't do it because of the upgrade. Now I've got all these comments to respond to that I normally would have gotten to last night, and I probably don't have enough time to do it this morning.

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