Friday, April 18, 2008

"What Should They Regard as Too Obscene...?"

This, from the Yale Daily News, pointed out by Gary Miller over at TVM and others (filed under "Western Culture—It was one heck of a run") apparently is not.

A Bible perspective on the nature of this "art":
"And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." Romans 1:28 ESV
on the tragedy of the lost soul of an "artist:"
"...having no hope and without God in the world." Ephesians 2:12
on the complicity of others at Jonathan Edwards' Yale:
"...they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." Romans 1:32

From C.S. Lewis in That Hideous Strength, describing a fictitious regime whose aim in the absence of God, is to reinvent Man as his own God:
What should they find incredible, since they believed no longer in a rational universe? What should they regard as too obscene, since they held that all morality was a mere subjective by-product of the physical and economic situations of men? The time was ripe. From the point of view which is accepted in Hell, the whole history of the earth had led up to this moment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Limitations of Spell-Check
Eye halve spell check too sea and ketch the miss steaks the I can knot sea. Due ewe?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Blogging Hiatus Apparently Ends

Too busy to do anything but check in on other peoples blogs for the last few weeks, I'm back with a few random links and observations.

Random L & O #1: I'm enjoying the work of Os Guinness again, after hearing him speak on Minnesota Public Radio's Westminster Town Hall Forum last week. An earlier MacLaurin Institute talk entitled "Can Freedom Last Forever?" explores similar themes and goes a little deeper. He's an Englishman (sort of modern-day de Tocqueville) who articulates what America is and needs better than most American pundits. He writes and speaks on a broad range of cultural and spiritual topics.

Random L & O #2: I love quotations, pointed and to the point. Mind and Culture from the Cambridge Study Center is a drawer full of sharp knives. Two examples:

Anti-intellectualism is a disposition to discount the importance of truth and the life of the mind. Living in a sensuous culture and an increasingly emotional democracy, American evangelicals in the last generation have simultaneously toned up their bodies and dumbed down their minds. The result? Many suffer from a modern form of what the ancient stoics called "mental hedonism"-having fit bodies but fat minds.
- Os Guinness

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
- Adolf Hitler

Random L & O #3: Psalm 33:5 "He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD." KJV