Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday's Odds & Ends

  • Once again, my family will be doing the Bloomsday Run in Spokane. (Okay, for me it's more of a "Bloomsday Stroll," but never mind, let it pass.) Anyway, let me know if you'll be there -- maybe we can wave at each other as you run past me.
  • These past few weeks, I've been mulling over Loren Seibold's article on "Sorting Out the Testaments" in Spectrum. Seibold notes that most arguments about behavior and ethics boil down to the question of how we interpret and apply the Old Testament; unfortunately, we've never come up with a consistent way to do this -- especially since we've rejected the approaches of both the Ebionites ("it's all good") and Marcion ("none of it's good"). That leaves us with what I call "the hermeneutics of Abraham Lincoln, i.e. "You can use some of the Old Testament all of the time, and you can use all of the Old Testament some of the time, but you can't use all of the Old Testament all of the time."
  • Did you notice The Oregonian's article about adolescent binge-drinking? The bottom line: it's more common in this state than most places, with 10% of eighth-graders, 22% of tenth-graders, and 26% of twelfth-graders all reporting they've five or more drinks at one sitting in the previous week.
  • And I'll close with this thought from the economist Robert Barro: "No one has ever come up with a brilliant idea while wearing a tie."

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