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What I Read Online – 02/17/2013 (a.m.)

17 Feb
    • After all, for one to claim that a life of priestly celibacy devoted to Christ and his Church is a wasted life requires that one know what a fulfilled life would look like. But such a life is an ideal, and thus is not like an empirical claim about the natural world. It is not an object of scientific inquiry. One cannot point to it, as one would point toward Pope Benedict or Richard Dawkins, though the intellect can be aware of this abstract truth when assessing Benedict and Dawkins by it.
    • But given his diminished understanding of reason, Dawkins must deny that even he can issue such judgments by means of his rational powers. Consequently, on Dawkins’ own account of reason, his verdict on the pope’s life is the cerebral equivalent of covert flatulence gone terribly wrong: not silent and not deadly.
    • Cheerleaders for new technologies are easy to find in America, and there may be lot of money in it. But careful and hesitant analysts are rarer and usually less popular. Their oppositional stance does not guarantee their correctness, but it is often a needed antidote to utopianism or willful ignorance. We should always be on guard for those who are “always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7; see also Hosea 4:6).
    • Further, one can become overexposed. But not according to Zuckerberg, a man who sets the sensibilities of millions of people globally. Keen does not mention this, but another book, by Katherine Losse, The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network (Free Press, 2012) informs us that the multi-billionaire founder of Facebook does not read books. Thus, he is an ignoramus on the things that matter most. Thus, an ignoramus is setting the sensibilities of millions upon millions of people. That is worth pondering—as is spending some extended time off of Facebook.
    • In order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment sin might become sinful beyond measure.

    • t: a scholarly book which really ought to be read by pastors
    • Do I meet the qualifications laid out in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1?
    • Do the Christians who know me best consistently affirm my gifts for ministry? The most important call is the objective call of your church encouraging you to pursue pastoral ministry.
    • Do I like to teach all kinds of people in all kinds of settings?
    • Do I find myself stirred by good preaching?
    • Do I find myself stirred by bad preaching?
    • Do I enjoy being around people?
    • Do I make friends easily?
    • Do I like to read?
    • Have I thought about doing this for more than a few months?
    • Do I still want to be a pastor if I never write a book, never speak at a conference, and never have a big church?

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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