A Morning Peacock of Links (4/20)

So You Want to Date My Daughter?

Jared C. Wilson’s thoughts on those who want to eventually date his daughter. #9 is bauss.

Liar from the Pit of Hell

C Michael Patton on changing the way we approach disagreements and those who hold false beliefs:

The presupposition is this: Whenever someone teaches something we disagree with, the method employed to combat such is to accuse the teacher of lying. In other words, if someone does not teach the truth as it stands in our opinion, they are lying. Period. No question about it.  Since I am right and they are wrong about the issues, they must be liars. That is the only solution, right?

Be careful with such rhetoric. Better yet, let’s just stop it.

I read it on blogs and hear these accusations in debates. It is the default position in the media. Christians—well-meaning Christians—use such rhetoric in blogs, sermons, books, articles, and on Facebook, all the while proclaiming to defend the faith.

For Shame – Speech Crimes & Ideology

Dr. Peter Jones talks about shame, speech crimes, and the “new ideology” which could just as well be called the “new tolerance”:

But shaming has not disappeared. It is now used to punish speech against the new reigning orthodoxy of politically correct relativism, rather than to condemn personally reprehensible moral acts. People lose their jobs because of one misplaced word. Pat Buchanan recently observed: “The new mortal sins are not filthy talk or immoral conduct, but racism, sexism, homophobia and nativism. The establishment alone defines these sins and enforces the proscriptions against them, from which there is no appeal, only the obligatory apology, the act of contrition and the solemn commitment never to sin again.”

[…]

The hypocritical shaming of those who live by the old standards, seeks to integrate the general public into the new standards of “decency” and “shame”—where evil is good and good is evil–standards that take us into an immoral morass from which we may never extricate ourselves. May God in His grace keep us from a collective conscience “seared as with a hot iron.” Pray for conviction of sin and for repentance, so that we are not utterly judged.

Home Sweet Home

Susan Matt on the civil war, nostalgia and a bygone era:

To modern Americans who are accustomed to leaving home and who harbor few fears of dying of nostalgia, such diagnoses and cures seem strange, even laughable. But they reveal much about 19th-century values. The widely shared conviction that homesickness could kill reflected the deep moral and emotional significance that these Americans attached to home. Even more, their concerns about homesickness and nostalgia remind us that while today we celebrate restless mobility and see it as a central part of our national identity, earlier generations did not, and instead found mobility to be profoundly painful and unnatural.

Christianity the only means of eternal life? Some pastors disagree

A LifeWay Research survey shows there is disagreement over whether salvation is possible through other religions. This article takes a basic look at the poll, its results and the details of those results.

A Bald Barbie to Comfort Kids with Cancer

Say what you will about Barbie dolls, but this is pretty awesome.

North Korea Has No Artists

Alana Goodman’s interview with Sang Byeok on North Korea, art, and his own paintings:

But for now, the artist seems preoccupied with his home country, and his hope that “North Korea can get better.” Song says his paintings are ideally intended to reach the public of North Korea, as implausible as that idea seems. “They’ll pass out of shock,” he predicted.

Song said that even in a country without artists, the public would still grasp the meaning of his paintings. “[They] will definitely understand the message,” he told me. “Because unconsciously they do know something is not right in society. That’s why they would understand right away.”

Here’s What Recruiters Look At During the 6 Seconds They Spend on Your Resume

Hmm:

The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to “record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task.”

In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.

Teen Births Not the Real Issue in Unwed Childbearing

Rachel Sheffield on how the decrease in the number of teen births shouldn’t be cause for celebration. In fact, it barely tells the whole story:

Fewer unwed births to these young women is good news, but this decline unfortunately does not translate to an overall reduction in unwed births. In fact, while teen births have gone down, the unwed birthrate has climbed by more than 45 percent since 1990. In 1990, 28 percent of births were to single mothers, whereas in 2010 that number exceeded 40 percent.

This is because teens account for only a small portion of unwed births, especially if only considering high school girls. While less than 8 percent of unwed births are to girls under 18, nearly 75 percent are to women between 18 and 29. Rather than a teen issue, the majority of unwed childbearing is a result of the breakdown of marriage relationships among young men and women in lower-income communities.


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