Monthly Archives: January 2009

Fantasy Island

I was doing some reading on Fantasy Island today. Not long ago, I wrote a tribute to Ricardo Montalban, whom I knew from Star Trek and Planet of the Apes movies. A variety of news shows that I watched, however, … Continue reading

Posted in 7th Heaven, Bible, Deaths, Desperate Housewives, Fantasy Island, Lost, Movies, Religion, Star Trek, Television

NPR on Keynes

I enjoyed this story from NPR: Obama Gives Keynes His First Real-World Test. It discusses the rise, fall, and rise again of Keynesian economics, the idea that the government can improve the economy through more government spending.

Posted in Current Events, Economics, Keynes, Politics

Vaal, Part II

For background, see Vaal, Part I. As I think about the Star Trek episode about Vaal, most of what goes through my mind are religious polarities. Unlike Paul Tillich, however, I have a hard time synthesizing them or finding a … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Leviticus, Religion, Star Trek, Television

Ecclesiastes 9:4-10 and the Afterlife

Soul sleep is the belief that the dead are unconscious until their resurrection. For advocates of this view, the soul does not exist somewhere in a conscious state during that interval. Armstrongites like to appeal to Ecclesiastes 9:5 to support … Continue reading

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The Participatory Model of the Atonement

I’ve been thinking about the issue of penal substitution on account of James McGrath’s post, What Do You Say That I Did? Felix’s past posts on the Christus Victor model have also been swimming around in my mind. Penal substitution … Continue reading

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Fallen Pastors

When news came out about the sordid details of Ted Haggard’s private life, an evangelical friend of mine remarked, “What worries me is that this will make people more jaded about evangelicalism.” But, you know, what really disturbs me is … Continue reading

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What Annoys Me About the Blogosphere

You know, I don’t totally mind being attacked in the blogosphere. What really gets my goat, though, is when people I respect blithely dismiss what I’m saying, make no attempt whatsoever to understand where I’m coming from, or act as … Continue reading

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