Darlene loves postcards and hates comic books. (Did I ever mention that she was a home-school mom once?) Her sense of humor is not the type that appreciates comic-book parodies. When she sees me doubled over in laughter at something, she pretty much automatically shifts into schoolmarm mode. I love that about her.
Well, naturally, she breathed a great sigh of relief when I said I was going to use postcards as the art-theme this week. Eventually, I'm going to have to make up for the sin of sneaking in this extra comic-book coverand that probably means I'll have to devote a whole extra week to postcards.
But then Darlene doesn't read the blog on weekends, either, so maybe I can sneak this one tiny comic book past her.
In the meantime, let's do a little
- Why is it that whenever Paul Owen tries to "clarify" something, the truth gets really muddled? Dr. Owen explains why he thinks Mormons might be authentic Christians even though he wouldn't try to argue that the Mormon church is truly Christian; why Joseph Smith is a prophet even though he's not really; why he doesn't think the Jesus of Mormonism is "a different Jesus" even though it's clearly not the Jesus of Scriptureand much more. His post is apparently a reaction to this week's discussion at PyroManiac, though aside from a single reference to an otherwise unidentified "Mr. Johnson," Dr. Owen doesn't expressly say so, and he purports to be replying to "comments which are circulating on the internet by some Baptists." His post is a real eye-opener if you have been struggling to understand the true agenda of the "Reformed Catholicism" ("Communio Sanctorum") posse.
- Steve Hays posts a helpful commentary on Owen's "mystifications."
- James White observes irony in the fact that someone as recalcitrant as Mr. Owen (who also makes a great pretense of being devoted to liberal-minded catholicity) would open his dialogue with me by demanding my repentance. James wants it noted that Owen has been doing this same kind of stuff for many years.
- Doug Wilson notices the giant hairball called "Little Geneva" in the appalling category of my blogroll and does some out-loud thinking about why the peculiar brand of racism touted by Harry Seabrook (AKA "Kunta Kinist") is so sick and twisted.
Speaking of "Little Geneva" and Harry Seabrook's "skinism" (credit goes to Doug Wilson, I think, for coining that term)people occasionally ask why I include a link to that blog at all, since I find it so appalling. The answer is that Harry and a few of his pals have inexplicably managed to garner a following that includes several people who link to my websites. If any of the Kinist homeboys wander in here, I want it known that I consider their view on life and culture repulsive. Infrequently, but with disturbing regularity, some otherwise rational person will write to ask me, What's so wrong with Harry Seabrook's opinions about race? After all, he denies that he's a racist or a white supremacist; he says he's a "kinist." Why do you find him so appalling? (After all, in this age of postmodernism, it's not polite to tag people with labels they don't apply to themselves. Ergo, Harry's not really a racist.)
My short answer: Because he is the worst kind of racist: someone who continually, deliberately, and openly defies the Second Great Commandment in his public dealings with neighbors of different races and cultures. And he glories in it.
Now, before the postmodern thought-police suggest there's a moral equivalence between that sort of thing and every expression of public disagreement, allow me to remind you we're not talking about someone who is critical of others' ideas and attitudes. We're talking about someone who regularly seethes with sneering contempt for others solely on the basis of their race. He is clearly obsessed with the issue. And since he claims to be a Christian, it is the duty of other Christians to confront and expose the inconsistency of Harry's worldview with the plain teaching of Scripture. See also 1 John 3:14-15.
- rev-ed at "Attention Span" found PyroManiac both irritating and enjoyable this week. Same as every week, right?
- Will Shurtliff quit blogging.
- Christian Grewall features a curious bit of Mormon artwork. The rest of his blog grabbed my interest, too. Some good stuff there. This one might wind up on my blogroll.
- Pastor Shaun wonders what I would look like as a Japanese cartoon character. I have to confess that I have no appreciation whatsoever for anime. You won't find any here as long as I'm doing my own artwork. Some things are just too cheesy even for me.
- This link is almost a month old, but I just noticed it: Terry Lange had lunch during his vacation at my favorite beachfront cafe in Malibu, where Jim Rockford used to park his trailer. Next time you're here, Terry, let me know if you're up for a return visit to Paradise Cove. We'll do lunch.
- Jus Divinum eloquently laments the illiteracy that has spoiled humor. Unfortunately, Jus, the same limitation keeps the pomos from following logic, so your argument, though irrefutable, is likely to go over the heads of those who most need to heed your admonition. Logic is now nearly as politically incorrect as satire, you know.
See you Monday.