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Weekly Meanderings

Our last Weekly Meanderings for 2009.
So, let’s move on to 2010!

It’s unlikely I will have a Weekly Meanderings ready for next week, as we will be on vacation in warmer climes.

To begin with, one of our blog’s Friends is Michael Spencer, known to most of us as iMonk. Michael has been diagnosed with cancer and I’m asking you to join me in praying for Michael and family this weekend.
Art and Liz adopted this little Swazi child: thanks Art!
ChurchRural.jpgFather Rob’s challenge at a DC area church (snow story wishing it were a summer scene like this one to the left).
Sarah Pulliam Bailey pointed me over to the Pew study on the religious levels of individual States. (I’m just glad we are higher than the Minnesooooooooo’ans!)
Michael Kruse reviews the introvert book.
Do we need chronotherapists? Ask Olivia Judson.
OK, everyone, touch your toes.
Five must-see films — and I’ve not heard of any of them. What do you think?
Hauerwas on leadership.
Karen on faith and firearms.
Tony Jones posts on the virgin birth.
Meanderings in the News
Bullock.jpg1. Is Etsy the future for crafts?
2. The Nelson compromise on antiabortion insurance issues.
3. Sarah Palin tweeted recently about the global climate issues. Many just roll their eyes when she becomes news but whether they like it or not, her critics need to know she really does speak the beliefs of many. Her tweets: ““Arrogant&Naive2say man overpwers nature,” and “Earth saw clmate chnge4 ions;will cont 2 c chnges.R duty2responsbly devlop resorces4humankind/not pollute&destroy;but cant alter naturl chng.”
6. Sign of what? “Now comes the curious part. If I have done badly, I feel badly. No surprise there. But if I’ve done well (at least in my estimation), I feel worse.”
7. Sandra Bullock’s response to the faith of Leigh Anne Tuohy.
9. Did you see this piece on Robert George?
11. Menus are getting clever.
Meanderings in Sports
My daughter, Laura, and her husband, Mark, each won their divisions in their Fantasy Football leagues — and now are playing for the championship. (Is FF sports?)
My pick for the Super Bowl: Minnesota vs. Indianapolis.
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John M.

posted December 26, 2009 at 7:19 am

Just like NASCAR…

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Darren King

posted December 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

So how does Sarah Palin draw this conclusion that its naive and arrogant to think we can affect nature? Via her own “gut instinct”? Isn’t that the very definition of naivite and arrogance? To hold a position based on nothing objectively measured, and that flies in the face of the burden of objective evidence that supports other positions?
By the way, Beliefnet lost my comment first time around, even though it promised me it didn’t. I’d join the others who have called for you (Scot ) to migrate to a more stable, user-friendly, ad-lite, platform.

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Sacred Frenzy

posted December 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Sarah Palin tweeted that it is naive and arrogant to think we can “overpower” nature, which is different from affecting nature. I’m certain that she would acknowledge that we can indeed affect nature.
I too join the call for moving to a more user-friendly web platform.

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Darren King

posted December 26, 2009 at 9:26 pm

In this case “overpower” and “affect” are not so far apart. The point she’s making is that we can’t affect it ENOUGH to cause serious consequences. And that’s naive and arrogant to assume just on a hunch.

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posted December 26, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I’m not sure what Palin means by overpower, but it’s somewhat ignorant for her to think that we humans can’t seriously damage the global ecosystem, even to the point of making the planet all but uninhabitable. For example, does she think that detonating all the planet’s nuclear weapons wouldn’t “overpower” nature?
That said, I still have major doubts about the exact extent to which humans are affecting climate. But there’s little doubt that we are affecting it. Those who deny any human impact on the climate at all are those who are arrogant and naive.

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posted December 27, 2009 at 1:28 am

The NYT article on Robert George is a sobering glimpse of the power of the intellect to influence others – into directions that many of us find questionable, if not outright irresponsible. It’s not surprising that he ranks feminism with other evidence of so-called secularist orthodoxy, such as multiculturalism and lifestyle liberalism. He claims to rest his ethic solely on “practical reason” and to invoke “no authority beyond the authority of reason itself” (that includes any authority in Scripture). However, his reason remains bounded by his finite humanity and limited experiences (historical, societal, cultural, gender, etc.), no matter his vaunted brilliance. ISTM that anything that would require humility and introspection are discarded — perhaps, for instances, other cultures cause us to question our own? a woman challenges the male paradigm or hierarchy? Even Thomas Aquinas came to face that “all my works seem like straw…” Perhaps George is more humble than this article painted him; however, given some of the portentous pronouncements quoted, the tenor of his work, and with whom he works, I’d be surprised. He seems intent on single-handedly trying to reverse the philosophical course of time back to modernism. How strange, indeed!

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Your Name

posted December 27, 2009 at 8:31 am

Scot, do you have any opinions on why all six New England States (plus Alaska) are in the very bottom of the states in terms of being “religious?”
I am a Mainer myself and can only speak about Maine. My family was brought up in the Catholic Church and we six kids all attended church weekly. Now that we are adults, no one attends regularly and only two of us attend sometimes. As I look at my friends, family and just people I know about, I would say that they are more “interested” in spending time with their family on weekends doing things like fishing, hunting, camping or just “hanging out.”
Plus, with winter weather (which seems to go on for about 6 months now!) so many people don’t want to drive if the roads are bed and so many people have to drive quite a distance, being such a rural state with little public transportation. Even having Saturday evening masses, with so many of us baby boomers having trouble driving at night, you get that into the mix as well.
Also, I don’t think my generation and their children think that they are “sinning” to miss Mass or church the way we were taught when we were growing up. They don’t think God is going to “count it” against them. Also, a lot of Mainers work on Sundays.
I would say, though, if you asked all the Mainers over 18 whether they believe in God, 80 percent would say yes, in some fashion. I would say maybe only 40 percent at most would have an “orthodox” type of Christian belief though.
So, to sum up for us Mainers. We don’t attend church due to: busyness, finances (gas to drive there), difficulty getting there, seeing “no need.”
For myself, I wish I COULD attend more often. My husband is not Christian and doesn’t want me interrupting his plans by my going to church. I love the Mass…communion, songs, prayters, homiliy…everything. So I miss it. :-(

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posted December 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Darn, I did it again. Post above (#7)was mine, JoanieD.

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posted December 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm

It is hilarious how many are miffed by Sarah Palin doing anything. Weird how those on the left are so nuts about her. So many other interesting links here other than her tweets. One would have thought the Leigh Anne Tuohy story would have more impact. Lots of interesting responses to the story.

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