Flotsam and jetsam (8/4)

What really happened to the dinosaurs.

I have discussed with other Calvinists just where the (well-earned) stereotype of the graceless Calvinist comes from. Shouldn’t belief in total depravity necessitate profound humility? Shouldn’t belief in unconditional election preclude a spirit of superiority? And yet there is a doctrinal arrogance infecting Calvinist Christianity. This culture then produces doctrinaires like Baum’s man of tin: squeaky and heartless.

…it has to be admitted that much of the anxiety about American reading habits, and those in other developed nations to a lesser degree, arises from frustration at not being able to sustain a permanent expansion of “the reading class” beyond what may be its natural limits.

Life was hard. Family life was hard. Marriage was hard. And yet, Martin and Katie loved each other tremendously. They viewed marriage as a school of character, whereby God uses the hardships of daily family life to sanctify us.

But what if beating the competition was no longer the most significant key to success? How could we turn off our competitive nature, or use it only at the right times? And how would we know that we are on the right track if we couldn’t define ourselves largely in terms of being better than others?

  • The study claiming to prove that Internet Explorer users were dumber than other browser users was a massive hoax.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on August 4, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I appreciated the article on reading. I guess I need to stop getting down on others lack of reading, and accept that I am part of a minority reading class. I need to find some of my tribe locally though. I have on-line friends who read, but can’t seem to find anyone local. I have a growing library and would love to be able to share books amongst some local readers.

    • I had many of the same thoughts. There’s a side of me that wants to demand/expect everyone to enjoy reading as much as I do. Why wouldn’t you? Reading is great! But, the article did help me remember that we’re all wired differently. And, maybe those wired for reading are a smaller group than I appreciated.

      I’m sorry, though, that you don’t have a local group. One of the benefits of being a professor is that I get to interact with book lovers on a regular basis.

  2. The ark comic, though irreverent, is very funny. I think it is probably not so far from truth though. I suspect some of those dinos that made onto the ark became quite a nuisance after they were set free on the post-flood world. We know they were hunted and hated by many a farmer and rancher, we have artistic evidence of this from various ancient cultures from Babylon to China to England.

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