Links With Your Coffee - Monday
- Brit Hume, yet another oblivious religious kook because Telling Tiger To Convert Just Ain’t Kosher and besides Tiger belongs to the Mormons
- From the APA: is faith a virtue? Frankly, it’s hard to imagine that a bunch of philosophers have to ask the question at all, the answer for me is obviously no. But ok, let’s see what happens here. We have two speakers: Robert Audi (Notre Dame) on “Faith, faithfulness and virtue” and John Schellenberg (Mount Saint Vincent, Halifax-Canada) on “How to make faith a virtue.” (Interestingly, both speakers come from Catholic Universities — coincidence?) Audi distinguishes between blind and non-blind faith, and between religious and secular faith (the latter being “faith” in your family, country, democracy, etc.). Right off the bat we are into silly territory: first, I find the whole idea of non-blind faith nonsensical, if it ain’t blind then there are reasons for the belief, which means it’s not faith. As for “faith” in family, country, institutions, etc., if it is blind, it is just as irrational and dangerous as the religious variety, and if it is not blind, then see above (it should be called trust, or belief, etc.).
- Going Rouge, An American Embarrassment
It was the Alaska State Fair, August 2008. I passed the Right to Life stand with my daughter's face on their poster. "That's you, baby-girl," I said to Piper. "There's no member of this family your momma wouldn't sell out to promote her career." As we watched three commy abortionists being burned to death, Senator McCain called my cell phone. Would I like to help him lose the presidential race?
- Teach Philosophy to Children
- Why I'm disappointed with Garrison Keillor
- Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011 (tip to David)
Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012.
My wife and I were on our way back from a wedding at Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon. The road was covered with snow on the trip up the canyon, but was clear as we started back down. We came around a corner, and I felt the car losing traction, a couple of hundred yards of black ice and it was everything I could do to keep the car on the road. I steered into the skid, first right, then left, and then right again but still no traction. We continued to gain speed, as a car came around the corner coming up the canyon. I could see the terrified look on the passenger's faces as we passed just inches a way. I thought we might end up in the creek. I thought we might even roll if we went over the embankment, but slamming into a bridge abutment is not always a bad thing, it helped keep the car on the road. We're both a little bit sore today, and one of my fingers is swollen and quite sore, but we're okay. I have no idea how my finger got injured, but the soreness in my chest is most likely from the seatbelt that kept me safe. Time flies when you're steering into a skid and wondering if you'll survive.
Seat belts work.