“blogbait” from Nov ’12 to Jan ’13: assorted stuff I’ve posted
Since I often post here, here’s a link to the TFP opinion page:
To Chattanooga Times-Free Press re Clay Bennett editorial cartoon 8 Nov A.D. 2012:
So why not draw the house rainbow-hued, Clay (as in the childrens’ books Mr Pine’s Purple House, and, The Big Orange Splot?) Harder in the black-and-white print, but doable (approximable).
Probably most people have at least a few bad racist tendencies to repent of, and a natural preference that we need not to let get out of hand for similar people (in the cafe making the old Planet of the Apes movie, the chimp suits, orang suits and gorilla suits each tended to sit together). But who’s more racist, someone who votes for someone on account of the candidate’s race or someone who votes for whoever they think the best candidate, regardless of race? I happen to have voted for a white guy this time (and for one Democrat), but I’ve voted for a man blacker than President Obama, and I think an overwhelming majority of GOP/Tea people would happily vote for Ted Cruz or Herman Cain or Allen West or Thomas Sowell over Joe Biden.
The trouble with racism is that we’re all children of Adam and Eve and of Noah and his wife (who were probably off-the-boat black, by the way, since it’s genetically easier to lose pigment than gain it), and that God showed his love for us in that while we were still bad people Christ Jesus died for us–not Mohammed, not Marx, not Joseph Smith, but Jesus Christ died for our sins; and on the third day He rose up alive; the others stayed dead. So to connect with God’s love and power, all races need the man who said “Teach all the ethnic groups to obey all My orders” (Matthew 28) and “whoever comes to Me I will by no means throw out.” Jesus does have standards–God’s Law is “holy, just, and good”–but He’s where the love and power, for all races, are.
To T-FP editorial (Free Press editorial, 8 Nov). Since I often post here, here’s a link to the TFP opinion page:
I pretty much agree about Latinos (Ted Cruz ’16, anyone?) and about Romney, but (IRONY ALERT! HYPERBOLE ALERT!) as an evolutionist I think the non-breeding behavior of ‘gays’ should be punished by execution as soon as they cease to be socially productive, which many of them are for awhile. And if they spread diseases, execute them right away; they’re attempting murder when they have sex.
Seriously, it’s one thing to stop sending the cops after ‘gays;’ it’s another thing, which the libertarian Drew ought to clearly repudiate, to start sending the cops after people and groups which in some ways draw a line against ‘gay’ behavior. The Bible and historic Christianity condemns all sex outside holy marriage– fornication, gay sex, divorce, lustful staring, all–Adam and Eve set the standard. Repent; repudiate sexual sins, forsake them (which can be very, very hard), and get forgiven in Christ Jesus, with warm welcome (at least in theory; churches need to repent both of failing to make God’s law clear, and of failing to welcome sinners who do repent.) So Christian groups that don’t want to hire ‘gays,’ or do business with them, should be fine and dandy; right, Drew?
The GOP may need to welcome ‘gays,’ but it should, as a big tent, also welcome those who have Christian (or other) standards. Do ‘gays’ show traditional moralists the welcome they wish for themselves? Let there be freedom not just for diverse individuals but for diverse groups (‘gay’ is a group of at least 2, right?) And insurance companies that set their rates according to risk factors are not discriminating; why force healthy lifestyles to subsidize disease?
To Ann Coulter, Human Events, re her column “Don’t Blame Romney,” 8 Nov or so
If you don’t blame Governor Romney, you’re saying he couldn’t have done anything better so as to win? He could’ve repudiated Romneycare as a mistake and articulated an improvement over Obamacare. He could’ve told his friends to stop lying about Speaker Gingrich and Senator Santorum, and stop bullying the Ron Paul supporters. He could’ve said he’d make Chip Mellor Attorney General (or Vice President): for the little guy without being against the big guy. He did none of this, so the reports of enthusiasm for Romney that’d push him over the top turned out to be wrong.
To Fred Thompson, Nat Rev online, re why Romney lost (not sure this got posted there)
Governor Romney lost me by (1) not repudiating Romneycare as a mistake–he wants the states to do that kind of thing; (2) not rebuking his friends who were peddling distortions about Speaker Gingrich [my choice] and Senator Santorum; and (3) taking delegates from Ron Paul and changing the rules against him, which he didn’t need to do to win [OK, when one candidate has the nomination sewn up, let others get nominated and make speeches only between 11:30pm Pacific Time and 6:30am EST, not to interrupt the infomercial, but let them use their energy inside the big tent]; one analysis I read said that Romney wins in November if the Ron Paul primary voters vote for Romney instead of staying home. So, to phrase it nastily, Romney is (1) power-hungry, (2) a liar, and (3) a thief and bully. Repent, man; Jesus welcomes us sinners when we do (and Hell welcomes us when we don’t.) His Mormonism doesn’t help, since anyone who puts stock in the Book of Mormon (I’ve read it) shows a lapse of judgment. (Andrew, husband of Wendy)
To NY Times,. Stanley Fish on hate speech, 12 Nov A.D. 2012
Andrew Lohr Chattanooga, TN
What about justified factual constructive criticism (as seen by the speaker) that may cause pain in the recipient?
For example, since we evangelical Christians see “Christ died for our sins” as the greatest love offered by anyone, and consider that in historical fact Jesus Christ rose up alive on the third day as showing that He truly reveals God, we must say so; nicely (“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become sounding brass…”), but we do have to say that atheism and Islam are both false (and are further falsified by the miracles my family and other Christians have seen) and both fall short of offering this much. And we warmly invite atheists and Muslims to repent and become Christians while they can. This may hurt Muslims and atheists, but it points out real flaws and warmly invites them to improve. Christians might further point out that countries with a lot of Christian influence tend to be better governed (more freedom, prosperity, justice, creativity, and generosity) than Muslim or atheist countries; and again invite repentance and improvement.
Of course we Christians need to repent and improve too. Christian politicians from Constantine to Obama, for example, have tended to be too arrogantly paternalistic to realize how libertarian, in some ways, Jesus is. The Bible’s lists of jobs for government to do are very short lists: Romans 13, I Timothy 2. Please repent, Mr President (even if it hurts!)
To TFP, Clay Bennett cartoon, 27 Nov:
Self-reflection? If Romney had welcome the Ron Paulers into his big tent instead of stealing delegates and changing rules, and all the Ron Paul primary voters had voted for Romney instead of staying home, Romney would’ve won in November. If Romney had shown he was for the little guy by saying Chip Mellor of the Institute for Justice would be his attorney general, and that denouncing the Kelo verdict would be a litmus test for judicial appointees, he might’ve overcome suspicion of his Wall Street insider status (and improved policy). If he had more clearly kept pointing out that our current President is a failure even by his own atandards–Solyndra is dead but Gitmo is alive, the deficit is double instead of half, etc.–and denounced him for defending the problem of having made too many promises against anything like a solution, he might’ve won. If he had denounced O’Romneycare for forcing healthy people (notably young people) to pay sick people to be sick, he might’ve won.
To David Cook, TFP 27 Nov:
Jesus defeated death 2000 years ago, so the alternative lifestyle of eternal life is already with us in a way. Christian countries run somewhat better than Muslim or atheistic countries (with lots of problems due to sin in general and in particular to the failure of Christian politicians to realize how libertarian, generous from himself rather than from other people, Jesus is.) Christians experience miracles now and then, which confirms that atheism is mistaken. (A universal negative is refuted by a single positive.) The Christian standards salt down and light up the rest of the cosmos, however wickedly short we fall of them. Technological stuff, by those in the image of the Creator and the Carpenter, can do wonders within limits: our bombs could now kill millions of people at once. To make AIDS extinct, we can wait for science–or stop fornicating.
To Free Press (Drew’s views) 30 November:
Not just for DeJarlais, Tennessee could change its election laws. I suggest an instant runoff: (1) If one candidate gets a majority, s/he wins. (2) If no candidate gets a majority, the runoff works this way. Each candidate can cast as many votes as s/he got. Say Brooks, Wamp, Carr, Tracy, Reeves and DeJarlais each get 16% of the vote. If four of them vote for one candidate–say Brooks, Carr, Tracy, and Wamp all vote for Wamp–then that candidate has a majority (64%) and wins. (3) After a couple ballots, if no winner yet, the candidate who got the fewest votes in the election must vote for someone else, or lose his/her votes; and on each succeeding ballot, the candidate with the fewest votes is likewise dropped, until a winner emerges. (4) In a VERY close race, write-in votes might matter. Drop
To Bennett, 9 December
Hazelnut creamer is the stuff.
MT & co, Bible translations can always be improved on, but most of them are close enough to work with. (In calculus you may not get the exact answer but you can get as close as you need to.)
The Tea Party notices a problem: our government has made promises it cannot afford to keep. Look at President Obama’s deficits, worse instead of better than before–and before, the Tea Party notices, was bad enough.
The election offered a choice between vote-buying with other people’s money (Obama, a millionaire famous for golfing) and plain big money (Romney). Yeah, the GOP needs to connect with the poor, so embrace the Institute for Justice agenda: let poor people make jobs for themselves, e.g. as taxi drivers or barbers, without facing walls of regulation. (Bank regulation I don’t know about, but the regulations IJ strikes down need to go.) Let poor people choose their own schools: a cheaper voucher may be worth more than a more expensive bureaucracy. Protect the poor from the rich having the govt seize their property, e.g. Trump’s casino wanted to throw a widow out of her house to enlarge its parkinglot–did either Romneyu or Obama denouce Kelo as a Supreme goof, a litmus test for new justices?
Re sex, what Jesus approved–God from the beginning made them male and female to get married and stay married–could be taken to rule out sex outside marriage, divorce, and homosexual action.
To David Cook column of 28 December, TFP:
Crony capitalism for Jax? Naw, let groceries sell the stuff too, though in return get rid of some regulations on liquor stores–let ’em sell other things, let ’em at least co-op if not form chains. MAYbe tax grocery wine a little more, and none within 500 feet of a school, if the cronies wanna give the liquor stores a little help and equal treatment?
To dougwils.com on natural law, 1 January A.D. 2013:
Utility is good, and good for survival, and Stalin and Mao, the greatest of killers of adults, were atheists, so atheism is evil. Eh? Triune Jehovah says “Thou shalt not slaughter.”
If atheism were the whole truth–98% of the time or so, atheism predicts the same results as Christianity–then nothing would have happened when my (now) mother-in-law prayed for Wendy’s dead cat. But the prayed-for cat got up and walked out to meet Wendy coming home from school. “O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come.” (Doug, you’ll never get out of purgatory until you exchange the kiss of peace with John Wimber.) More important, atheism predicts that the crucified Jesus stay dead.
Call it what you will, we creatures gotta deal with the Creator.
Posted not sure where; Dr Peter Gleason, who prescribed xyrem for off-lable uses, gave talks about it paid for by a drug company, was prosecuted, and murdered himself.
1 Jan ’13
Jerry Pournelle’s website mentioned this doctor. Was he a quack taking money to peddle poison? Was he a caring and careful doctor who found that xyrem, which can be dangerous and can be misused, helped some of his patients, and thought that this information might help others if he spread it around? Did the drug company want to sell more xyrem regardless of effects? Did the doctor’s prosecutors turn into angels when they began receiving tax-paid salaries, or were they seeking money and power and easy targets? (Drug runners have to be found, and may carry guns.) OK, journalists, tell us.
Bennett cartoon 16 Jan ’13
For us all, decriminalize drugs but let any person or group that has standards against drug use enforce its own standards within its sphere. You don’t care if your workers or customers use drugs? Fine (except for public safety issue; I don’t suppose we want truck drivers snorting down the road.) You want your workers and customers to be clean? Also fine; don’t use cops to enforce acceptance of drug use.
Likewise for sports. If some sport is OK with most anything, fine; if it has clear standards it can enforce, fine. I suppose NFL players legitimately need legal prescription stuff for their injuries, and one of Evander Holyfield’s wives was a pain doctor. But taking away victories won, especially years later, I have qualms about: the races were run, the games played. Add asterisks, punish evildoers, but keep results except for clear mistakes or severe cheating quickly caught. Execution by stoning for Jerry Sandusky, but don’t pretend his teams didn’t win football games, and don’t punish innocent players.
Teen Challenge may not have cathedrals, but it helps people get free of the slavery of drugs.
That the Tour de France can’t decide who won Lance’s victories is funnier than the cartoon.
To Times ed 16 january
And these new rules are to be enforced by a President who chooses what laws to ‘make sure are carefully executed,’ and by an attorney general who deliberately sent masses of assault rifles to known murderous criminals? The Times doesn’t know exactly what they are, but they merit serious support?
He who says to his brother You fool shall be in danger of judgment, and he who calls his brother an idiot shall be in danger of Hell fire. Cool it, people. (Matthew 5:22)
To Times re Mayor Littlefield, 17 January:
His 1st term looked plain vanilla, but he didn’t run for re-election on a tax hike, a sewer fee hike, and annexation; and when the recall people tried to make him face election on those issues, he evaded instead of running. VW and Amazon jobs are nice, but how many local businesses could use the same kind of sweet deals he gave them?
Brother Ron, consider how libertarian our Lord Jesus Christ, the Mayor of mayors, is, when you look at what He says about politics. And consider that letting 160,000 people use our own brains, instead of you doing our thinking for us, means more brainpower at work.
To NY Times, 17 January, ed ‘whither liberalism?’ or some such:
Liberals have promised more than they can deliver; they’re running low on other peoples’ money. So trim. Go Tea Party.
Their generosity is bogus anyway, since they give away others’ money and not their own. So repent, and give of your own.
It’s also greedy for power, and greedy for money for their constituencies, and even greedy for irresponsible sex. Getting paid by the taxpayers does not turn people into angels, as James Buchanan won a Nobel Prize by showing. (Conservatives, of course, face the same temptations.) So repent.
It’s also unconstitutional; let them get two thirds of Congress and three quarter of the states to add to the list in Article 1, Section 8, of what Congress can do, or else, with all deliberate speed–next hundred years or so–get down to what the Constitution, the fundamental contract of America, allows.
For those who consider Jesus a wise man, or more, consider how libertarian he and the Bible are: I Samuel 8, Romans 13, I Timothy 2.
For practical people, consider that business offers instant accountability and variety: instead of President Obama for four years, McDonalds today and Burger King tomorrow, with tacos and pizzas and subs and sushi thrown in, and constant improvements. Consider the brainpower wasted when bureaucrats do our thinking for us, or wasted complying with their complications (tax code, etc) instead of producing wealth.
Repent, liberals, you’re simply wrong.
To Paul Krugman, NY Times, 21 January:
No, here’s why Mr Obama’s Presidency fails. Repent.
“Health reform” ‘s a bad term: insurance, not health, was changed. Forcing healthy people to pay sick people to be sick is lousy policy. Obesity (gluttony), alcoholism (drunkenness), and, bluntly, fornication drive up health care costs. Dr Krugman has a point about insurance clout (crony capitalism): O’Romneycare forces us to give insurance companies money. Let us make whatever insurance arrangements we choose, priced per risk: people thinner than I, who drink a little more alcohol and choose sexual arrangements safer than monogamy can pay less than I, people whose lives are riskier can pay more (and not just to big companies, please.)
O’Romneycare tries to raise demand (cover all [not]), cut price, and leave supply flat instead of letting nurses, pharmacists and laymen compete with doctors? It cannot work. No death panels? A pre-50 mammogram saved a friend’s life.
Equality (sameness) fails even as an ideal; trying to grow it from the barrel on an IRS gun redistributes power to the IRS. Instead, stop the crony capitalism that props up the rich by restricting competition. If you hate inequality, implement the Institute for Justice agenda.
Would Dodd-Franks have prevented the RINO collapse and the Obama great recession? Are even superpowers, let alone superbanks, too big to fail? So far they’ve all failed.
Liberalism has promised more than it can afford to pay for, so it cannot last. See
To Bennett TFP 22 January:
Civility we can all try. Hope, optimism, and goodwill come with different interpretations: hope for freedom, or hope for a babysitter government? Unity and bipartisanship: what is it that unites us?
If freedom unites us, freedom is freedom to do different things, things other people consider less than the best. We don’t need freedom to do what we all agree on. Breathing is good. Forcing healthy people to pay sick people to be sick, we can argue about. Civilly. For states to secede from national defense makes no sense to me, but for people and groups to be free to secede from O’Romneycare and many other government programs strikes me as fully American. Our President let some groups of his cronies secede from O’Romneycare until after the election. (OK, maybe not just his cronies.)
Hope? Postmillenialism is the Bible’s doctrine: Jesus said, Teach all the ethnic groups to obey all My orders (Mt 28), and Paul was taking every thought captive to obey the Messiah. Unity? Jesus came the first time to get the millenium started (premil) and its length is indefinite (amil)–thanks Peter Leithart for this point.
To Chattanooga Pulse 21 January:
There’s plenty wrong with the US at home and abroad, but can you find two words for the mass murder of US citizens and the discovery of facts with a view to punish the perpetrators? When Miranda was stabbed, the police read everyone their Miranda rights and never caught the culprit. Was that all right and O-dark-30 so all wrong?
To Bennett cartoon 23 january:
I agree with Clay for once, or at least with what the buttons say. Life isn’t fair–the only perfect man was crucified. But he rose from the dead, and he’d done his job.
Life isn’t fair, but Mr Benmett chooses to be alive. He could murder himself and push off to Hell (or Heaven), but he wisely and naturally doesn’t. Hitler murdered Jews. Stalin murdered kulaks and Ukrainians. Abortion murders little babies. Choosing death for other people? How convenient.
nucanuck, did you miss the news report that obesity is now a bigger problem than hunger? Or that population growth rates are slowing down? OK population is worth discussing, but these had better be factors in the discussion. Shortages of anything? Let prices rise, telling consumers to conserve and producers to get busy, including producers of alternatives, and we’ll adjust. Secure property rights, and people will take care of what they own. the ’70s US tried to allocate gasoline and set prices, and there were gas lines. Carter and Reagan decontrolled prices, and gas lines vanished. By some definitions, all shortages are created by governments, for without governments messing with prices prices would rise until supply equaled demand. Jesus is libertarian.
To letters of TFP, 22? january
Sick, does the freedom you’re so fond of mean liberals can’t grope my wallet? You buy your contraceptives and I’ll buy mine, and our neighbor who disapproves of them is free not to buy?
darwin, triune Jehovah shows mercy on some, but “nature red in tooth and claw” kills all. I’ll follow Jesus, with love to be crucified for his people and power to rise from the dead, showing something beyond nature is true. Consider your favorite novelist or TV show. Do you consider him/her/it evil because he creates villains who do bad things? No (I presume), you consider the whole story, and some parts of it as revealing the author’s character more than others. So Jesus reveals God, and the nastiness of nature, or in the mirror, is something He can handle.
To TFP Bennett cartoon 26 January
The party of Jefferson Davis and of Jim Crow wants to pick our pockets, partly for purposes some of us consider evil, wasteful, destructive, unconstitutional, etc, sometimes at rates totaling higher than 50% (doesn’t slavery kick in at some percentage?)…and our cartoonist shows his medieval mind.
Bobby Jindal was elected to replace some Democrat who mishandled Katrina.
To TFP David Cook, col 25? January
dayton, get out your Bible, read Judges 4, and evaluate Deborah and Jael as voluntary chattel. Ike, use your head: the wives available to Adam’s sons were his daughters. (Use your eyes, too: the Bible mentions 3 sons of Adam. FWIW, some old Jewish tradition credits Adam and Eve with 23 children total.)
Race and sex differences, and aggression, can be exaggerated, but can also be understated; stick with the truth. My wife and I both speak English, but I’m not holding my breath waiting to become pregnant. And trying to force differences to disappear or be ignored creates or requires differences of power, the statistical slavery of “affirmative action.” Stick with the truth.
To Bennett cartoon 29 January
Short run, find a prison that’s well run and hire its warden, like a football school hiring a coach.
Medium run, the Bible isn’t big on prisons. Execute murderers. Make thieves repay double what they stole. Read “Victims’ Rights,” by Gary North, for some details.
Long run–we all, not just criminals, need to repent of and forsake our sins, and get mercy and grace through Jesus Christ, yes Him, the only perfect Man (‘actual ideal’ for Ayn Rand fans) Who was executed with terrorists and promised Paradise to the one who confessed he deserved execution. To the one who asked for a stay, He said nothing. His resurrection shows we need to heed Him and need not take His competitors, including the only superpower du jour, all that seriously. When His Church teaches all the ethnic groups to obey all His orders, and brings every thought captive to the obedience of the Anointed, prisons and the behavior that fills them won’t be much of a problem.
To Bennett cartoon 30 January
What imprisons Egypt? Islam. Not religion or “the religious right” in the abstract; their particular problem is their doctrine that allah is simply one, all alone, dictating to one prophet/ruler, who dictates to the ruled. Christendom, acknowledging triune Jehovah, has diversity built right in, and sooner or later this comes out in societies influenced by Christianity. When Muslims ruled a nonMuslim majority and had to be careful–India, Spain, old Baghdad–diversity enabled a flourishing culture. Overwhelmingly Muslim countries tend to be tyrannical and unproductive. Western (Christendom) influence helps in some cases. If the Saudis are finally allowing elections, and a decade or so later letting women vote (but not drive), this does not come from finding new verses in the Koran; it comes from looking our way.
“Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (“Athanasian” Creed.) Islam also suffers from its supposed allah being far off, without empathy, rather than having become a particular human being “tempted in all points like as we are yet without sin”; from allah’s mercy being capricious, rather than God being “just and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus” who in unexcellable love “died for our sins”; and in having a founder who died and stayed dead rather than one who “rose again on the third day” in unexcellable power as Jesus did, overturning the verdict of the only superpower of those days. (Peter Leithart offers a nice take on death penalty as appeal: we send the executed man to the Higher Court of triune Jehovah, where he’ll do well if–and only if–Jesus is his Lawyer.)
May triune Jehovah deliver Egypt from the bondage and darkness of Islam, and deliver us from our different choice of sins (not thanking Him, not trusting Him, and not doing what He wants come to mind.)
To my US Rep and Senators (Misters Fleischmann, Alexander, and Corker) 28-30 January
From: Andrew Lohr, Chattanooga
To: Sen. Bob Corker
on 30 Jan. A.D. 2013
Since neither Presidents nor Congresses in any combination of party have cut federal spending, and it needs to be done, here’s a suggestion.
Create a new voluntary tax form, paper and online, on which taxpayers can vote to cut programs and keep for themselves some (1%?) of the money actually saved, the 1% (or whatever) to be equally distributed among all who ask for it on the new tax form. Presidents have failed, Congresses have failed, so try us, the boss y’all work for. Form 1040 does ask about the welfare program for Presidential candidates, and last I read 89% were voting against it, even without keeping any of the savings–perhaps the most successful limit on any federal spending. So expand on this success.
For example, suppose National Public Radio gets $200 million. Say twenty million taxpayers fill out the new form, half of whom vote for NPR and half against. Next year NPR gets $100 million, saving $100 million. Then $1 million is to be spread among the 10 million who vote for the savings: ten cents each. Not much, but spending grows because the general welfare of the taxpayers as a whole has so little defense against the particular welfare of those who get the spending: NPR, Presidential candidates, or whoever. The new form–call it form 1040PV for Popular Vote?–would try to restore the balance, and the pennies of savings would add up for those who choose them.
Say the Dept of Education bureaucracy gets $1 billion. Loans and grants continue, with a small bureaucracy to administer them, but the people who write regulations and enforce them are put on form 1040PV. Say 80% of PV votes are against them. $800 million in salary becomes $600 million in unemployment benefits. That saves $200 million, not $800 million.
Changes in program structure can also be put on the form. For example, should we change jobless benefits from two thirds of salary as long as they last to two thirds for three months and then 1% less each month after that? Should farm subsidies, say, be cut 5% per year until gone? (1% and 5% from original, not from new current figure.)
Might limit total cuts to 5% of current spending per year, $225 billion out of $4.5 trillion or so, to keep changes from happening too fast.
We pay you guys to work out the details, but this might work, and nothing else has.
To Marcus Borg website, responding to an article on Easter:
To reduce Easter or Christianity to hope for the afterlife is indeed a big problem, but if afterlife is true, afterlife as such is not the problem. It seems to me denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus, is more afterlifey, less down-to-earth, than affirming it. (Your friend N. T. Wright might agree?) Of course true or false matters more than useful or distracting–an unfounded house will collapse–but the powers killed Jesus, and a real resurrection puts even more sand in their gearbox than His ongoing life alone would: God overrules the only superpower du jour not just in spirit but in flesh, so flesh out the Lordship of Jesus. That dead men stay dead, the NT writers knew better than we because they saw more death close up; but that this is worldviewishly true is a worldview question, not a fact question. “I beseech you in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken.”
I see you’re working on a chronological New Testament. Fine, but you probably know they exist. Gene Edwards–an evangelical, and quite a character–has been beating the drums for reading the NT, or at least Paul’s letters, in this order. I’ve done it; it did feel different.
Here’s my “Website” (actually an article on dating the New Testament books) in case the address overflowed the space above: http://voices.yahoo.com/dating-testament-7451094.html?cat=37. I think it respectably and respectfully presents a different view.
To post to Uri Brito if I get into wordpress:
I’m for all the forms of healing and transformation you mention, including liturgy–strongly for–but for someone who has experienced such miracles as the Bible describes you seem to be missing that particular point, however strong on other points. And to someone who feels the need of such miracles, our charismatic brothers offer a hope you don’t offer (at least not clearly), whatever other hopes you do offer. Prayer raised a cat from the dead; therefore cessationism, like atheism, is false: a universal negative is refuted by a single positive. (Refuted in claiming to be the whole truth; they can still overlap with, or possess, much of the truth,)
I also note that cessationists who have not experienced miracles are living by sight, which can be OK sometimes (“Ye have seen and believed”), but when John Wimber (who cut his theological teeth on Hodge) became convinced miracles are Biblically to be expected, and started preaching and praying so, and none happened for six months, and half the church he served left, he was living by faith.
Don Dunkerly wrote a reformed book on healing that J. I Packer endorsed. Dunkerly’s son cracked, “It’s reformed to pray for the sick; it’s just not reformed for them to get better!”