Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mirathon Miscellany: Blog Browsing Goodies

Thanks to J. Mark Bertrand for the link to an excellent post by Phil Johnson at Pyromaniacs blog on GBA (guilt by association) and how ridiculous folks can get about that kind of watch-dogging:

Let's not forget that Jesus' critics' chief complaint against Him was a GBA accusation (Mark 2:16-17; Luke 15:2; 19:7). By the standards of some of today's self-styled discernment "experts," that might have seemed a credible charge against Him. It was, in fact, an ungodly accusation.

Over at moreover the dog went with them a call is out for those interested in becoming members of the Catholic Writers Group.

If you are a Catholic writer of fiction or nonfiction, or if you are an enthusiastic reader who dreams of being a writer someday, join up!

Wittenburg Gate has posted the August Christian Carnival. Find links to nifty blog entries on various subjects, such as apologetics, family, humor, Christian living, Bible study and theology, news and culture, and reading. One of the links leads to a post at Semi-colon blog on the five best conversion in literature. One is in The Brothers Karamazov. Can you guess at the other four?

John C. Wright's blog links to a delightful post at HolyOffice called "How To Give A Bad Homily." Any post that starts off mentioning St. Fracis of A. and St. John Chrysostom (the great preacher who lent his name to my elementary parochial school way back when) and knows what Chrysostom means gets my attention:

The days of John Goldenmouth are long behind us, though. Currently, Catholic preaching in general is about as robust as the St. John's University basketball program, although we don't have the luxury of blaming Mike Jarvis for the bad homilies.

Many Catholics have lamented this state of affairs, but I adopt a wait-and-see approach. As Karl Rahner wrote in Foundations of Christian Faith, the relationship of ordinary believers to the clergy is like that of the rest of the A-Team to Hannibal: we trust the plan will come together, even when that crazy fool Murdock does something that lands us in hot water

The heading "Inflection is aTool of the Devil" was worth a good guffaw.

And speaking of HolyOffice and guffaws in the same post, you need to read HO's "The Internet Theologian Explains the Da Vinci Code", which goes beyond mere guffaw into "Oh, look, I just wet myself laughing" territory. I kid you not. (HT to Elliot) The Mir wishes she had written this months ago.

Shannon McNear offers a few mini-reviews of Christian SF titles over at SPECULATIVE FAITH. If you been meaning to try some CSF, but didn't want to trudge through my lengthy rambles, Shannon's appetizers might do it for ya.

Speaking of CSF, Karen Hancock at Writing From The Edge posts on the "Hypocrisy of SF Writers." She links to Unreal Science, and so do I:

I think most science fiction writers want their books to be as scientifically accurate as possible right up to the point where the story demands otherwise. And then they’ll fudge away, breaking or at least seriously bending the laws of physics (usually providing some sort of plausible-sounding explanation to assuage their guilt) because ultimately, for a writer, the story comes first.

And still on the whole CSF thing: Kevin at Bookshelf Reviews gives 5 out of 5 stars to RAISING DRAGONS by Bryan Davis.

Carmen is ruminating in her usual intelligent way on t-shirt theology, specifically one that says: Don't Go To Church. Be The Church.

In bizarre urban legendy sort of news: No, the kid didn't get AIDS from eating a bled on pineapple. So says this debunking post at Snopes. (Note: ALWAYS, always, always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check Snopes or a similar hoax-ferreting-out site before forwarding the scads of idiotic mail that gets sent saying, "Beware this!" Consider it your civic duty to check before forwarding.

1 comment:

Elliot said...

Those are good conversion story choices. I was thinking of Brideshead Revisited, partly because we've been watching the miniseries lately.

Anne Tyler's 'Saint Maybe' has an offbeat but realistic look at conversion...