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Welcome to the 124th Christian Carnival. If you don't know what the Christian Carnival is, see my plug for this week's carnival (and the links therein).

This week's carnival progresses through the scriptures, with each post assigned to a different book of the Bible. In some cases, the choice was obvious. In others it might be more of a stretch, or it may be one out of several possible choices. I didn't want to repeat any so as to use as many books as I could, which means some posts may not be with their most obvious pick. Some posts didn't have any obvious choice, so I tried to find the closest I could. With a few I just chose a book actually mentioned in the post, even if that book wasn't central. So on to our tour through the scriptures....

275,000th Visitor

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At 8:56:47 EST, while I was at Bible study delving into the beginning of Genesis 12, someone in Portland, Oregon using Comcast Cable arrived at my post on the Anchor Bible commentary series, after searching Google for the phrase anchor bible. This turns out to be visitor #275,000.

I have the honor of hosting the 124th Christian Carnival this week right here at Parableman. 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).

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The 123rd Christian Carnival is at Wittenberg Gate, after two previous attempts on other blogs (actually, the Musings on Music one is now working again too).

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Reformation21 has a short series dealing with some people's responses to Paul's teaching in 1 Tim. 2:12, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet." The initial post is here, followed by a list of claims (by Wayne Grudem) that some people make about why this passage does not apply to the church today, and then finally some responses to these claims.

On an unrelated note, here's an interesting article about potential Hamas plans to fly planes into Israeli skyscrapers. I hope it's not true or Israel can stop it.

how to kill a fetus so you dont need a n abortion
That must be like "how to cheat on your wife so you don't need to commit adultery" or "how to swallow liquids so you don't have to drink".

What would Don Marquis say about rape?
I suspect he'd probably say that it's thoroughly immoral. Now if what you're really wondering is what he'd say about abortion after a rape, I think his view clearly implies that abortion is just as wrong in cases of rape as it is in other cases. He says abortion is wrong because it robs a fetus of a future like ours, and that's true completely independently of whether a fetus is a person. It's also true regardless of what causes the existence of the fetus, so it should apply in rape cases as much as in any others. But of course that's not what you asked.

kill a fetus without an abortion
Why would anyone want a pregnancy to continue if the fetus is dead?

does marrying someone make you a citizen?
No. You don't automatically become a citizen even even if you marry a citizen. Marrying someone in general sure isn't going to do it.

does the word its have an apostophe?
not the way you wrote it

where is homosexuality located in the world?
Well, if Plato is right then it's not in the world but in the abstract realm of the Forms. If Aristotle is right, then it's in gay people. If Ockham is right, then it doesn't exist at all.

The 123rd Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at ChristWeb update: moved to Musings on Music and Wittenberg Gate. 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:

Sometimes it's really boring how people find my blog, but here are some more interesting ways people have gotten here of late:

subjectivism vs emotivism (which is closer to the truth?)
Emotivism is one variety of subjectivism. This is like wondering if something is a dog or an animal (or if something is closer to a dog or an animal).

Berkeley's view of idealism
I tend to think he rather liked it.

rick warren says he's not a christian to larry king
My first thought was, "Yeah, right, you wish." Then it occurred to me how sad it is that people actually want Warren not to be a Christian. For the record, Rick Warren did say the words "He's not a Christian," but he was speaking in the third person about someone else who really isn't a Christian.

BIBLICALLY IS ORAL SEX CONSTITUTE ADULTERY
Doesn't it depend on who it's with? Even if you think it's wrong to engage in oral sex with your spouse, you couldn't think it's adultery.

current event that happen on february 18,1988
Does 18 years ago really count as current?

statistics on natural disasters being a sign of the end of times
What statistics would those be? How often natural disasters have led to the end of times?

The 122nd Christian Carnival is at Pursuing Holiness.

The 122nd Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Pursuing Holiness. 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:

The 121st Christian Carnival is at Something Epic.

"happened to" "holy observer"
Someone asks a question to a search engine and gets my site, and I actually know the answer even though I don't think it's anywhere on my site. Hmm. Well, the answer is simple. They got busy. They started this site as college students who had enough time to do it, and when they graduated and got real jobs it became increasingly difficult to do. They haven't been doing it anymore since the superbowl edition last year that they couldn't get put online in time, and it would have been stupid to publish it after that.

Libertarianism would have a government ban satanic practices consenting adults of sound mind in private
Um ... I think you missed a 'not', 'unless' or some other negation marker.

what happens when circumstantial evidence is circumstantial
I hope nothing special. What would worry me is if the circumstantial evidence weren't circumstantial.

does someone commit suicide every 30 seconds?
Imagine being able to commit suicide every thirty seconds. I supposed cats could maintain that rate for four and a half minutes, but they only have nine lives. I suspect everyone else is going to have trouble sustaining that rate even for the first 30-second cycle.

what is a white liberal
Um ... someone who is, perhaps, both white and liberal? I'm not sure how more obvious you can get. Or is this supposed to be a joke, and I'm supposed to give the answer. Wait, I know the punchline ... a honky donkey!

Fox News Spammers

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I like Fox News in terms of their news and on-air programming. I don't think most of the criticism they take is fair (though some is). But one thing I don't like is spammers, and someone who works for the parent company of Fox News has been spamming my blog comments to try to game the Google system to improve the ranking of the Fox News website. They regularly submit comments to my blog under fake names (the latest was Jim Hendrix, but it's usually just a first name, like Lenny or Valerie, and occasionally it's just a set of initials, like hwh). These comments link to news reports on the Fox News site. The text is usually something tangentially related to something I might blog about, but it's always far enough in content from the post that it seems out of place. Most of them have had to do with illegal immigration. The text of the comment usually masks itself as a blog commenter, sometimes sounding upset at something going on and linking to the Fox News source, sometimes just indicating a news story that might be of interest and linking to it. Whoever this is knows something of what they're doing, because they're starting to craft their keywords of the linked text toward search terms that they want Fox News to be ranked more highly with respect to. It's also someone who doesn't quite know enough, because MT now has the capability of tagging comments so that Google doesn't care about them, and I'm pretty sure that's enabled on this blog. That means these efforts are completely effectless, even for the short time the comments are on my blog before I notice them and junk them.

I've checked the IP address from these commenters several times, and they're definitely coming from two computers at Newscorp, the parent company of Fox News, so there's no getting around this. Fox News, or at least their parent company, is spamming me. Perhaps it's just a rogue employee or two, since it's only two IP addresses that have done this (well, three, but one might have been unrelated, since it was from some other network, though it also could have been the same employee at home). This doesn't happen very often. I believe it started in March, so maybe the average frequency is a little less than once a week. It pales in comparison to the average spammer's output, but it's still annoying, and all such comments will get junked. The IP addresses in question are 206.15.101.61 and 206.15.101.197 for anyone who cares.

The 121st Christian Carnival will be this week, hosted at Something Epic. 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:

The 120th Christian Carnival is up at Daddypundit.

The 29th Philosophers' Carnival is at Daylight Atheism.

Henry Cate asked me to make an announcement about a new blog carnival, the Carnival of Homeschooling. Since we don't homeschool, I'm not likely to participate in this, but I thought it was a good thing to promote. See here for more.

list of famous actors with one drop black blood
Assuming the premises of the search to begin with, why would anyone think there is such a list? Almost anyone who might fit the description almost certainly doesn't know it, and those who do might either not want it known (for whatever reason, decent or not) or not care enough about it to make a big deal about it.

arguments for playing god
Usually people willing to use this expression think of playing God as a bad thing. People who realize that it's usually a bad argument don't tolerate the use of the expression. I've never before heard of anyone using the expression and yet defending it as a good thing.

is beyonce's mother mixed with the white race
Yes, but she might be even more mixed with the black race. So is it worse to assume that she's black but mixed with white or that she's mixed but black? There seems to something bad about both, even if there's truth to both.

biblical meaning of the word ethics
Now you've got me wondering about these vacuous cases. Is the biblical meaning of the word 'ethics' the same meaning as the biblical meaning of the word 'computer'? If its meaning is the empty set, then I think the answer is yes. I'm not sure what a biblical meaning of a term not in the Bible could be other than the empty set, so I'm sticking with this unless I see a better argument.

is a person in a coma a non-Sentient being
Technically, I think the answer is yes if the words mean what they traditionally mean. A coma is a state that doesn't involve sensory input at all, as far as medical science is concerned (though there is anecdotal evidence to the contrary). Sentience is the property of being able to sense the world. There does seem to be an incompatibility between those two things. Of course, science fiction has for years gotten the meaning of'sentience' drastically wrong by using it as if it means some level of intelligence that human beings have that other sensing creatures on this planet don't have, so in popular-speak it's become a synonym for the kind of being like us, which someone in a coma certainly is.

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