Reflections of a Broken Man

What was once a previous life by StephenMac
September 25, 2008, 9:12 pm
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**currently listening to: mySpace is streaming Anberlin’s new album… I got the email today that my copy is in the post, but I still can’t wait…**

I have an irritating habit of only half finishing projects. There are at least four or five things that I really really have a passion for, but I seem to start or prep for them, and then get drowned in other stuff. Here are my projects:

– Get my thesis published
– Write a paper on the importance of morality in international political theory, tying together Beitz, Wight, O’Donovan, et. al
– Do readings on justification, “the new atheism”, O’Donovan, Hauerwas
– Plan for youth group term 4, plan for next year

*sigh* So much work to do… If only college would stop so I could actually do some work…

The prob is that most of these projects are from my former life… I really miss the pol sci, but I just can’t spare any time on it… (so why am I blogging? avoiding greek…)


Spring Contemplations by StephenMac
September 15, 2008, 1:25 pm
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**currently listening to HAARP by Muse… gotta be one of the best live albums I own**

You gotta love spring. Aside from the rain yesterday, these past 2 weeks have been awesome weather. I am wearing shorts for the first time in ages (my apologies to those who are offended by pasty pale skin on toothpick legs…), I am seriously contemplating beach-travels, and my mood matches the season! ζοη καλος! Oh… yeah… I have Greek and Hebrew homework to do… there goes my Spring joy…

Well not really… Greek and Hebrew are gonna have to get pretty bad to ruin this high 😛

Aside from the homework that I am avoiding, I have decided to do some reading of serious stuff. Two weeks ago, in Doctrine, we were learning about justification, and I heard that there is something called “New Perspectives” on Paul. Now I know that there are some who pretty much know this topic inside out, but before coming to college, I had never heard of it (a fact that our principal asked me not to reveal publicly – that our college had introduced me to the “New perspective” literature). For those who are uneducated barbarians like myself, the new perspective on Paul is a paradigm (my word of the moment) that re-interprets the Apostle Paul’s use of the word justification. So on the currently reading list is Piper’s The Future of Justification, which is a response to this “New Perspective” as advocated by N.T. Wright. For those of you who know this topic better than I, let me know your thoughts on this one, because I seem to be jumping into quite a difficult and convoluted debate.

Second on the reading list is Dawkins’ The God Delusion. I went to Men’s Convention two weeks back, and heard the guys from CPX give talks on this “New Atheism” (is it just me, or has society gotten a huge case of neophilia (not necrophilia – that’s just weird… but neophilia or the trait of being excited and pleased by novelty Dictionary.Reference.Com)). Anyhoo… I’m not sure what the CPX guys were saying, but I heard them as simply arguing that under the New Atheism rhetoric was mere poor scholarship. This I find hard to believe (without reading the book at all yet) as these New Atheists are smart, scholarly academics! How could they screw up their sources so badly? How could they be so misleading in their argument?!?

Dawkins introduces his book by saying that by the end of the book, he is hoping that religious readers will be atheists by the time they have finished the book. Pray for me, that I will see the truth, and continue in the faith that I had when Christ called me to be his own.