Saturday, 22 December 2007

This is Scary...

...Pitiful and frustrating that this story is even there to present. From the Age to Come...
...a few years later, I did have an abortion. I was a single mother, working and pursuing a path to ordination in the Episcopal Church. The potential father was not someone I would have married;(!!!) he would have been no better a candidate for fatherhood than my daughter's absent father. The timing was wrong, the man was wrong, and I easily, though not happily, made the decision to terminate the pregnancy.

I have not the slightest regret about either of these decisions, nor the slightest guilt. I felt sorrow and loss at the time of my abortion, but less so than when I'd miscarried some years earlier. Both of my choices, I believe, were right for me and my circumstances: morally correct in their context, practical, and fruitful in their outcomes.

That is, both choices were choices for life: in the first instance, I chose for the life of the unborn child; in the second, I chose for my own vocational life, my economic stability, and my mental and emotional health and wholeness. (emphasis mine, JK)

The Reverend Fowler's profile is Here...

Reverend Anne Carroll Fowler is an Episcopal priest and Rector of St. John's Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and is currently co-convener of the Pro-Choice Religious Leadership Council of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She is also a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Speakers Bureau. She is a former member of the Boards of Preterm and Planned Parenthood and of the Ethics Committee at Faulkner Hospital, a former chair of the Women-in-Crisis Committee and the Sexuality Study Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. She is a participant in the Public Conversations Project, the ongoing dialogue among "pro-life" and pro-choice leaders in Boston. She is also President of the Board of the Massachusetts Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry.

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." (Isaiah 5:20)

Pray without ceasing. Pray that people's eyes would be opened to see the difference between servants of Satan and servants of righteousness.

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Chesterton for Christmas

"The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why." - "On Christmas," Generally Speaking

Lord Willing

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Monday, 17 December 2007

What Are The Odds?

Women's spines evolved to curve as fetus grows

I wonder how evolutionists explain the evolutionary mechanism involved in this story.

According to my understanding of evolutionary theory, a female would have been born with a mutation; namely, vertabra(e), "reinforced and slightly curved." This mutation would then have been passed on to her female offspring only, not her male offspring. As the article says, men do not have this spinal attribute.

Would that mutation have been one vertabra, some of them,or conveniently, all of them at once. If only one, then how many mutations must have occurred before all lower vertabrae were suitably curved and reinforced?

Would this have been while our 'ancestors' walked upright or on all fours? If while they walked upright, how did they survive before this mutation. Would this mutation have been valuable enough so that 100% all 'non-curved- females were eventually eliminated while only 'curved-spined' females survived. Females must have been bearing children for any number of years prior to this mutation, and most of the species would have continued to bear offspring, and survive, for any number of years afterward.

I assume that "all" females today, of every race, have this particular spinal 'adaptation.' If that is so, then all women today must have had this first mutated female as a common ancestor. Or are we to assume that this mutation occurred simultaneously in multiple females.

Whitcombe says, ""The whole point of an adaptation isn't to be perfect, or optimally designed, but just to be better,..." (emphasis mine), but remember that an adaptation is not purposeful at all, but just an accident that sticks.

If this occurred before our 'ancestors' walked upright, what would have been the evolutionary point of it. If both males and females were quadripeds, and this mutation occurred only in the female, what was it that first made her stand up on two legs? Why would she do it. Did this first 'curved and reinforced-spined' female just decide to stand up as soon as her fetus grew to more than 3 pounds, while all the rest of her species, male and female, were crawling around on all fours? What a rebel!

I would love to have this explained to me in a believable manner.

Take Care

Smile of the Day

Or, Someone's Bible must be gathering dust (II)
Runner's World magazine occasionally interviews 'celebrity' runners. this month's was with the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, leader of the Episcopal Church in the USA.

One of the questions, along with her answer:
RW: Do you have a favorite Bible passage that inspires you to get out and run?
KJS: There's a wonderful passage in the Psalms that says, "Beautiful are the feet of one who brings good news." (emphasis mine: JK)

The passage to which the Most Reverend refers is not in Psalms, but Isaiah 52:7. Oh well, she only missed it by about 4 books. Now, mind you, I may have missed the reference as well but then, well... I'm not the head of a church.

Read it all here...

Take Care,
h/t: TitusOneNine

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Neil Young and G. K. Chesterton

My last post, which mentioned child sacrifice in pre-Columbian South- and Latin-American civilizations brought me through a somewhat circuitous route of thought, to this one. I thought of Neil Young’s song, Cortez the Killer, and I remembered something G. K. Chesterton said in his book, “The Everlasting Man.”

From the chapter, “The Demons and the Philosohpers”, Chesterton writes,
But those who criticise (the history of)… their own civilisation have a curious habit of not merely doing their legitimate duty in condemning its crimes, but of going out of their way to idealise its victims.

On the other hand, Young's lyrics include,

And the women all were beautiful,
And the men stood straight and strong...

And later...
Hate was just a legend
and war was never known;

There is this notion that because a civilization was more primitive, or was not our own, or has faded far enough back into the mists of history, that it was somehow more innocent. We view it as we might a fading wedding picture, shot through a gauze filter with all the sharp edges softened. We seem to have a need for some kind of masochistic disparagement of our own history. Driven by a collective societal guilt we look back with anachronistic eyes and focus selectively on the wrongs of our own forefathers, as if all but they were pure and innocent.

We see the Spanish as great killers, massacring the Aztecs, the Incas and the Mayans, yet those civilizations as somehow pure and innocent. This is not to excuse Cortez or others, but those civilizations were not innocent. They all practised human sacrifice and slavery themselves. And their victims were truly more innocent than they. Most were children.

All mankind is evil - has been since the fall – and continues to be. This applies to every race, in every place, in every generation since the first. No one is innocent. And mankind, in his own strength, is powerless to change this plight. It is our nature.

It took God Himself, becoming a man in the person of Jesus Christ to make it possible for things to be set right.
For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:10, NIV)

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Tuesday, 11 December 2007

"...That they May Have Death..." (Again)

Compare to John 10:10

Teen dead after alleged attack by father
Child sacrifice in the name of Allah or in the name of Molech or some Mayan god a is a child sacrifice, is a child sacrifice, is a child sacrifice.

If only everyone could know the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, instead of such anger, and now, pain. Pray that they might.

Take Care.

h/t to The Muse

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Two Letters

California diocese leaves Episcopals in historic split
This is not news to some of you. The vote took place Yesterday )Saturday) and much more extensive coverage and discussion can be found at two links at the bottom of my blog, Stand Firm and TitusOneNine.

But I wanted to publish two letters written in the days leading up to the historic convention.

The first, here... was written by The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori (KJS), Primate of The Episcopal Church to Bishop John Schofield of the Diocese of San Joachin.

The second, here is Bp Schofield's reply.

See what you think of them. As for me, and speaking only of the letter, not the writer, KJS's letter seemed like a cold wind that gave me the shivers. The reply seemed to me very gracious, considering the tone of the first.

In any case, the lot has been cast, the path chosen. Pray for developments in the worldwide Anglican Communion, especially here in Canada, in the next few months. Pray for the process of selecting a new bishop in the Diocese of Edmonton, and that the right course of action will be made clear. Pray for first discernment and then courage that the right path be seen and then followed by those who still hold to the authority of Scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Saturday, 8 December 2007

Burn Down Their Houses?

From Doug Wilson's Blog...
"If someone says that no ethical standards are fixed, and so we ought not to apply our standards to anybody else, we now know what to ask. What does the good gentleman mean, "we ought not"?
Read the rest here...

The tolerant, of course, can only tolerate others who are equally tolerant. In other words, they cannot tolerate anyone with a firmly held belief, unless it is the same as their firmly held belief that beliefs other than their own should not be firmly held.

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OK, Call Me a Weaker Brother

I deleted my last post. No, not the one below this one. The one that was here before this one. If blogs had layers, it would have been the one underneath this one.

It was a joke. No, not in the same way some people might disparagingly refer to some of the things I write. It was supposed to be a joke. But I wondered whether it was appropriate for a blog entitled, "A Reasonable Faith." And because I wondered, it wasn't.

So it's gone... forever

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Friday, 7 December 2007

Chesterton For This Week

Here is a Chesterton quote that made me think of various, "signs and wonders" and healing ministries one sees so much on television and in "crusades."

It is not the simple viewing of miracles that leads to conversion, it is God by His Holy Spirit acting on the heart. After all, even Jesus' enemies witnessed his miracles during his very lifetime... and remained his enemies.

In any case, here is the quote. I have taken the liberty of paraphrasing the quote slightly. But referring to those who think miracles alone are enough to convince a person to believe,
It is not that they ask men to believe anything so incredible; it is that they ask men to be converted by anything so commonplace.

The quote comes from an article Here..... Well worth the read.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Homosexuality is Not the Sin

I heard Bishop Don Harvey, new moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada, on 630 CHED radio yesterday. Dave Rutherford, the host, made a comment that the orthodox Anglicans believe homosexuality to be a sin. Bp Harvey did not correct him.

I think it is crucial to remember, in the midst of all this confrontation, that it is not the orientation that is sinful. The Bible is silent on homosexual orientation.

Homosexual impulses may be an innate part of some people's sexual makeup. The jury is still out on that, but that is not the argument. They may indeed occur at some time during many of our lives. But it is the acting out on them that is the sin and requires repentance. A homosexual person must no more act on their impulses than I should on my adulterous ones. Both behaviours would be equally sinful.

Take Care

c/p in comments Here

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Don't Worry... The Planet is Safe

News of a train derailment from the Edmonton Journal this morning.
One of the cars was previously used to transport gasoline and roughly one litre of residue did leak out. That spill is contained...

One litre? And it is contained? Phwef... good thing our environmental disaster response people are ever vigilant! :-)

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Sorry for the flippancy, but I couldn't help but chuckle at the dramatic way this story and the containment of one litre of gasoline was presented when I heard it on the radio news this morning.

Monday, 3 December 2007

The Great Anglican Divorce

From the Vancouver Sun,
The bane of abusive husbands is the community of faithful neighbours who offer shelter and encouragement to the battered wives. Without them, the wives would have no chance for healthy independence. Similarly, liberal leaders reserve their angriest words for the faithful worldwide Anglican leaders who shelter and encourage the conservative Canadian churches.

Read it here...

Take Care
h/t: TitusOneNine