Sunday, November 30, 2014

Greg Bahnsen Lectures (MP3s)

My X-mas list:

  1. Critical Thinking Course $28.50
  2. The Philosophy of Christianity $34.50 
  3. Evangelize or Fossilize (Parts 1-4) $1.50 each
  4. Is Evolution Scientific (Parts 1-2) $1.50 each
  5. The Place of Evidence in Apologetics (Parts 1-3) $1.50 each
  6. Michael Martin Under the Microscope $18.00
  7. The Place of Logic and Emotion (Part 1-2) $1.50 each
  8. The Problem of Evil (Parts 1-3) $1.50 each

Michael Jordan is a Reformed Calvinist

I typed that headline jokingly. I don't know what he believes in. But he is quoted as saying the following in "How To Be Like Mike" by Pat Williams:

""I don't believe in 'if,'" Jordan said. "I think there has always been a plan for my life and that I don't have any control over it. Everything that happens was determined in advance.

...I read the Bible a lot. I see that whatever happens, happens for a reason."

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fyodor Dostoevsky on men who believe their own lies

"A man who lies to himself and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulging in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves, in the end, like an animal, in satisfying his vices. It all comes from lying ... lying to others and lying to yourself."

~Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu Going Overboard by destroying terrorist homes

While a non-interventionist, I don't believe the attack in Jerusalem yesterday had anything to do with (foreign policy-related) blowback.  I do, however, think it might have been a revenge killing, which is also unjustified.

However, rightly shooting the two terrorists on the spot was a "harsh" enough response. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going overboard, as he vowed a "harsh response," according to the BBC, and ordered the homes of the terrorists to be destroyed.


They received the justice they were due. Why does the state have to poke its chest out and destroy property? Why can't someone else live in it?

Let's put it this way: Why can't the state be a little more creative and turn the place where these thugs breathed and dreamt hate and turn it to something good? Unless you think someone just as hateful will occupy that residence next, then I don't see any justification for destroying it (and even then, I don't see justification for destroying property). But that's a pressumption I'm not ready to make.

Or maybe the most fiscally responsible thing to do is leave their houses alone, except for maybe a possible investigation of the premises.

Bombing potential evidence seems to be careless.

WCF Chapter One "Of Holy Scripture" Sunday School (Sept.-Oct. 2021)

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