Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
I've been asked how my friends in Houston are doing, particularly the church where we held our last conference. You'll all be pleased to know that, apart from a couple dozen trees being uprooted, there is no extensive damage to the property and none to the building at Our Savior Lutheran, one of the most beautiful churches in America. Some concern was expressed about how the media covered the issue, complaining about the government response and all that, as though it were possible to turn back the hurricane and overcome every single person's trials. We do need a substitute God, don't we?
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Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
I've never read Stuart Taylor before, so I can't say anything about his positions or politics, or even credibility, but this article analyzes the political ads and the responses to them by the media. He affirms some concerns I raised earlier and goes into quite a bit of detail I couldn't get to.
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Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
Reflecting on the previous post, I thought that one great difference between Christian classical education and conventional metrics is that the former is personal and the latter is abstract. The root concept of Christian classical education is that there are wise men and women to whom we should listen and whom we should imitate. In so doing, we can become wise like them. This involves relationships and all the nuances implied in love. Standardized testing, for example, lacks nuance.
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Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
During the Christian classical era in American schooling, say from 1640-1810, the curriculum of an American school was rather straightforward. You learned literacy and numeracy, largely at home and primarily with the Bible and maybe Foxe's Book of Martyrs or some other important text.
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Andrew Kern Sep 17, 2008
In today's news, TheHill.com brings out the old Lilian Helmann, statistics, bromide, applying it to that dishonorable, disgusting John McCain. Here, according to Mark Mellman, is the case against John McCain:
Yet John McCain himself stands behind the lies and the dishonor. There is not a kernel of truth in the statement that Barack Obama called Sarah Palin a pig. There is not an iota of reality in McCain’s attack on Obama’s supporting comprehensive sex education for kindergartners. As we all know, he voted to help children avoid sexual predators.
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Andrew Kern Sep 17, 2008
The politial season being fully upon us, I have this fantasy that every day I'll be able to review a political ad for its content and determine the truth behind it. Of course, that won't happen because I have other serious responsibilities. Wait a minute; what did I just say? Our most fervent civic obligation, we are reminded repeatedly and redundantly, is to vote. I am an American and proud of that fact. So it is my duty to vote. But how can I vote if I don't know the truth behind the ads? But how can I possibly know the truth behind all the ads?
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Andrew Kern Sep 16, 2008
Last night, when I was earnestly wishing I was fast asleep, a thought came to me that I thought (it being very late or very early) was quite profound. It went something like this, though of course all the profound illumination of the insight has faded with the light of day:
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Andrew Kern Sep 14, 2008
In the middle of the main section of the book of Judges is the famous story of Gideon who defeated the Midianites with 300 soldiers. The layers of wisdom contained in this story call for repeated readings, but right now I want to focus on the aftermath to Gideon's triumph. What happens, in a word, is that the people, anxious as always, ask Gideon to be a tyrant, to rule over them and then to have his son rule over them and to have his son's son rule over them.
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Andrew Kern Sep 13, 2008
This is not a political web site and the only reason I've commented on the Republican convention and not the Democratic is because I was traveling during the Democratic. I'm not a dogmatist in politics, longing only for those with authority to allow others in authority to fulfill their responsibilities without interference, while decidedly not believing that the government has all authority or even has the right to distribute authority among its subjects. I guess that is because I believe in citizenship and family.
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Andrew Kern Sep 13, 2008
Here in North Carolina we're having an election for governor, so there are plenty of ads to persuade us to vote one way or the other, which is a great place to apply the enthymeme to syllogism exercise that I described in the blog entry below. In an ad I just saw, a woman who used to run is now confined to a wheel chair by a deadly disease. She tells her story, then points out that nominee Pat McCrory is opposed to embryonic stem cell research. She concludes by asking, "How can Pat McCrory be opposed to hope?"
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