On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, XXVI

Ending Explanations of LOST

In the end, for me, LOST was a touchstone show that dealt with faith, the afterlife, and all these big, spirtual questions that most shows don’t touch. And to me, they never once waivered from their core story — even with all the sci-fi elements they mixed in. To walk that long and daunting of a creative tightrope and survive is simply astounding.

Facebook Responds

Facebook’s existence is predicated on people wanting to share information about their lives. It should trust that users who want to share everything will and not force the hand of those who don’t want to.

An Ecclesiology of Escapism

The case for a pretribulational event in Revelation rests on a patchwork of inferential ideas, none of which can withstand the scrutiny of rigorous hermeneutics. As it turns out, the pre-tribulationists only hope is to interpret the Philadelphian church in a vacuum, excising it from its cultural, literary and immediate context. The result is a church that is devoid of its own historical personality and serves as nothing more than a historical prop allowing modern believers to extrapolate an ecclesiology of escapism.

The Triune God: Rich in Relationships

When we hear the names, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, we sense that in the mystery of God there must be a wondrous community. It is the one name of God in which “the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit” are so different that they are named successively, yet bound together with the conjunction “and.”

Foxy News

The Fox News site is not quite as bad as that, but is pretty clearly keeping Balaam on retainer as well.

The Problem with the ’64 Civil Rights Act

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, while I join the sponsors of H.Res. 676 in promoting racial harmony and individual liberty, the fact is the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not accomplish these goals. Instead, this law unconstitutionally expanded federal power, thus reducing liberty. Furthermore, by prompting raced-based quotas, this law undermined efforts to achieve a color-blind society and increased racial strife. Therefore, I must oppose H.Res. 676.

Check it Again

Job applicants would have the right to receive a copy of the background check so that they could challenge inaccurate information. And the bureau would be required to correct inaccurate information in its database. The bill allows the F.B.I. to raise the fees it charges employers to cover the cost of cleaning up the data. No one should be denied a job because the government’s information is wrong.

Vote Endorses Muslim Center Near Ground Zero

After a raucous hearing, a Manhattan community board backed a proposal on Tuesday evening to build a Muslim community center near the World Trade Center.

Priest Arrested in Brazil on Charge of Sexually Abusing Boy

The authorities in Rio de Janeiro said Sunday that they had arrested a Polish priest and charged him with sexually abusing a 16-year-old former altar boy.

Instead of Shrugging Ron Johnson is Running for Office

Johnson, a pro-life Lutheran, will highlight Feingold’s opposition to banning late-term abortions: “I would like to ask Russ, ‘Have you ever witnessed a partial-birth abortion?’ ” But this year the “social issues,” as normally understood, are less important than the social issue as Johnson understands it — the transformation of American society in a way foreshadowed in fiction.

‘Dead’ Manassas Man returns to life–and to jail

Rodney Newsome’s life as a dead man lasted about seven months, until he got arrested again.

Throwing the Rule Book at the NFL

The N.F.L. was sued for restraint of trade by American Needle, a company that makes team-logo clothing, after the league gave Reebok exclusive rights to make caps with logos of all 32 professional football teams. The N.F.L. argued it did not violate the Sherman Antitrust Act because it was a single entity, not a group of teams conspiring to restrain trade and inhibit competition.

The Presidential Planner

This morning, President Obama will meet with the NCAA men’s basketball champion Duke Blue Devils at the White House to honor their 2009-2010 championship season in the Rose Garden.

After You Believe, a review

Tom Wright is  well-known for insightful theories about Judaism that are swiftly developed so we gain fresh and enduring insights into the New Testament. He has  brought into the field of play ideas like this: that Jesus’ kingdom vision and mission were about the “end of the exile,” that the apostle Paul’s understanding of justification was not so much about personal redemption as about Gentiles being included in the people of God alongside Israel, and that Paul’s gospel message itself was, in the very core of that message, about Jesus as Lord (with the anti-imperial cult implication being that Caesar was not). Wright, then, has been at the center of the Third Quest for the historical Jesus, the New Perspective on Paul, and now the “fresh” (anti-empire) perspective on Paul.

Responding to Spill, Obama mixes regret with resolve

As for his drive before the spill to expand off-shore drilling, he said he still thinks he was right and that more oil will be needed until enough alternative fuels can be developed. “Where I was wrong,” he said, “was in my belief that the oil companies had their act together when it came to worst-case scenarios.”

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