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Christian Carnival CII

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Searches: False Assumptions

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no such thing as an illegal war
Sure there is. Civil wars and revolutions are generally illegal. (The only difference between the two is which side wins.) A nation can have laws about when and how it can initiate or continue a war, in which case failing to meet such standards would make it an illegal war. Through WWII, the U.S. couldn't legally go to war without a declaration of war by Congress. If those standards still applied, every military action the U.S. has engaged in since then would have been illegal. It's true that standards a bunch of nations endorse do not for that reason alone apply as legally binding to any nation that doesn't sign on to them, which I think is exactly the situation with Kofi Annan's pretense that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was illegal (and probably what this search was intended to find an argument for) but that doesn't mean there's no such thing as an illegal war.

Michael J. Fox: Commentary on Proverbs
I sure hope not. Or did you mean Michael V. Fox? Incidentally, Michael J. Fox's best movie is Mars Attacks! I love his character's fate.

will cloned dead people have a soul and go to heaven?
Try to count all the assumptions here. Three come to mind immediately: that everyone with a soul will go to heaven, that you need an immaterial soul to go to heaven (perhaps the best of the possible views, but that isn't something to assume at the outset), that there will ever be any cloned people, etc. The fourth is my favorite: if we do clone people, and people do have souls, why the frak would anyone think cloned people wouldn't have souls? How should the means of creation of a human being result in a human being of such a different nature than any other means of producing a human being?

Christian Carnival CII Plug

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The 102nd Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at The secret life of Gary. 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. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

Searches: Bible Theme

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A couple of these were from a while back (perhaps even a month ago), and I just never got around to posting them. The third one was more recent. I hope what they found on this site helped disabused them of their misconceptions.

bible says cheating on wife ok if it isnt with a married woman ok
If it's wrong even to look lustfully at a woman other than one's wife, then how would it be ok to have sex with such a woman just because she isn't married?

there's no evidence the bible account is true
Isn't the mere fact that it's mentioned in the Bible at least some evidence that it's true? Many people might say the fact that miracles are so isolated and seemingly against what we think are the correct natural laws, and therefore they'll say there's more evidence against certain things, but that doesn't mean there's no evidence. The fact that it's recorded in an ancient text is at least some evidence, never mind any arguments in favor of biblical texts in particular over other ancient texts.

rick warren says bible offensive
I should hope so. The Bible itself calls the gospel offensive, so if Warren wants to be faithful to it he'll agree.

Sidebar Display Problem

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I usually use Firefox on my own computer, but I've used five different computers in the last week. I've gotten a little annoyed that my blog looks fine in Firefox on my computer, Sam's computer, and the computers I use at work, but the sidebar gets shifted below the lowest post on Internet Explorer on my computer and on another one I've looked at (but not on another one, and I didn't check I.E. on the other two). Does anyone have a suggestion about what might be causing this and if there's an easy fix?

Christian Carnival CI

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The 101st Christian Carnival is up at the Bible Archive.

These three were among some of the more amusing ways people have found me through Google in the last couple weeks. For some reason the funny ones have been getting sparser lately. Are all men created equally Well, I suppose we all come into existence in an equal sort of way (ignoring Jesus and Adam and Eve). [I prefer bad grammar that results in really humorous images, but I take what I get handed.] a triangle where the angles add up to 270 Right. Those are the same triangles that have are round and have five angles. barbecue coal. I get this one from time to time (this is at least the third time, but it might be well more than that), and I finally decided to include it in a search roundup. Why is this interesting or funny? See the comments on the post the search took them to.

Christian Carnival CI Plug

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The 101st Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at The Bible Archive. 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. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

Typepad Problems

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If your favorite blog looks as if it's lost its most recent posts, check see if it's hosted by Typepad. They're having problems right now, and blogs hosted there are displaying information from older backups. No one can log in or post to give any of their readers any information on why this is happening, so it's up to those of us who don't use Typepad to spread the word. I did discover that I can read Jollyblogger's latest posts in his RSS feed. They just don't appear on the blog, and you can't comment. I haven't tried to submit a trackback to them yet, which is why I'm not going to bother responding to his response to me on the Sabbath issue, which I had wanted to get to yesterday but never got around to.

Christian Carnival C

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Nick Queen has the honor of hosting the 100th Christian Carnival. Nick started this whole thing a little less than two years ago, so it's fitting that he gets to host the big C. Most of the earlier contributors haven't been as involved lately, and may be one of the few old-timers to appear in this centiweekversary edition. I haven't had a chance to read any of the other entries yet, but some of the titles and descriptions sounded intriguing, so I encourage you to check it out. Meanwhile, I have a huge stack of grading to continue to attend to.

Strange Searches

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I keep getting searches along the following lines. It usually has two philosophers, including Aquinas, Aristotle, Plato, and maybe a few others. It has the word 'open' in it. I've seen "Aristotle open Aquinas", "open Aquinas find Aristotle", and a number of other combinations. One was "philosopher arguing open aquinas find aristotle". One was "open Aquinas, find Plato". Augustine might have been in one or two also, but I don't remember.

What are these people searching for? There are enough of them that there's got to be some common explanation, but I don't see what it might be. The post they keep finding is about open theism and its Greek philosophical roots, and I'm the first Google hit on some of these searches. That doesn't help me figure out why people are searching for this strange combination of terms that looks like some sort of very simple computer lanuage.

Christian Carnival C Plug

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The 100th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at NickQueen.com. Nick started the Christian Carnival 100 weeks ago and has since moved on to other management, but Nick will be hosting its landmark edition. We had just a very small group at the beginning, but it's become 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. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

Roundup

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Christian Carnival XCIX is up at Attention Span. The 99 theme is kind of fun. One more to the big 100, which will be returning to the Carnival's founder. I didn't get Agent 99, but at least I ended up with the second best of the categories, Interstate 99, which I'd never known about before. Current plans include extending into my own state. (They violated interstate naming conventions, though, by putting 99 west of 81. I'm not sure what they were thinking. It's immoral to break that sort of convention, particularly when people put such great work into organizing it in a way that you can usually predict what an interstate's number means.)

At the Banty Rooster, Global Warming is Really Global Cooling. [HT: Blogwatch]

Eugene Volokh has an op-ed in the L.A. Times about how easy it is to get a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Previous nominees include Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Castro. Now what I'm wondering is who counts as a professor, because there are some low-lifes that I might be able to nominate if all it takes is to teach at the college level.

Jollyblogger points out a beautiful Yale prank against Harvard.

Sam's put some more pictures online. Ethan and Isaiah were wrestling this week. For some reason Ethan was really frustrated that Isaiah kept not being where Ethan wanted him, so he kept pushing him and lying on top of him to prevent him from moving. Eventually Isaiah started enjoying it, thinking it was playful wrestling. Ethan continued in his frustration the whole time. It was really weird. It was as if the world would end if Isaiah got up. There's also one of Sophia watching the boys go off to school.

The 99th Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Attention Span. 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. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

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:

Evangelical Blog Awards

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It seems that the Evangelical Blog Awards might not happen this year because of lack of interest. If you think these should happen, go ahead and submit your nominations so that Eric will see that there's interest.

Christian Carnival XCVIII

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Christian Carnival XCVIII is at Cadmusings. There were a few more posts there that caught my interest than there sometimes are. I might be highlighting one or two of them in the next few days.

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