How to Talk About Clothes

Posted on March 23, 2006
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Due to the sensitive nature of my topic–I am going to talk about women and clothes–I feel that I must first issue a total and absolute disclaimer. It covers everything: my credibility on the topic, my indemnity should you attempt to apply anything you find below and suffer undesired consequences, and any impression that someone specifically is being described, or, worse yet, parodied herein. Nope. None of the above applies. Can’t blame me. I disclaim everything.

Let us begin with the proverbial example. The subject puts on a new pair of pants and asks, “Do these make me look fat?” This question obviously implies only two answers, “yes” or “no.” Do not use either of these answers! It is acceptable to begin a response with “No,” but you must, you simply must continue on with something that is neither precisely yes or no. “No, they look great… but the leg is too long.”

If the pants do indeed make the subject look fat and you suffer a constipation of the conscience so as to prohibit you from saying “No,” you need to be a lot more creative. Read more

Submission on Authority

Posted on March 23, 2006
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I have wanted to produce the authoritative guide to New Testament teaching on authority, and this is less a pun than an irony. Perhaps sometime I will produce a categorical, comprehensive analysis of each New Testament use of authority. For now: a working outline.

First, the reader should understand that my religious background has been what some might call libertine. It did not lack in corporeal punishment for moral infractions, but it certainly lacked in what is commonly preached as “spiritual authority.” My father was my behavioural authority and he taught me, more or less regularly, from the Bible, but he always emphasized that his spiritual teaching was not to be accepted just because of who he was to me. It is a person’s own conscience, he said, which the Holy Spirit uses to convict a person of sin and righteousness.

It was of course my father who introduced into my life a total rejection of the contemporary church organization, of a laity led by a pastor, a didactic one facing a passive many. Read more

Easy Society

Posted on March 20, 2006
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Since casting off the bondage of Victorian society with all its repressive rules and conventions, we have gradually liberated human expression until today there are only three simple rules of our egalitarian society:

  1. There are no rules.
  2. Do not ask about the rules.
  3. Do not talk about the rules.

Original Tongue Seduction

Posted on March 3, 2006
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The Christian scholar today is expected to know Greek and Hebrew. Commentators quibble on the language as a matter of course, and even the consumer-level cheerleaders will refer to nuances of the language to make a point. It is not imagined that you could have a serious scholarly interest in the Bible and not know at least one of its original languages.

At face value, this makes as much sense as a student of ancient Rome knowing Latin—perfect sense. As a historical artifact, the Bible must be studied from its original context. The archealogical and anthropological studies blurbed into modern “study” bibles reflect a useful and respectable academic discipline of trying to establish the sense of the text in combination with the sensibilities of the time.

The problem with this approach, for the Christian, is that it binds the Bible to the time of its “origination,” its temporal record. Read more

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