End of the Month Links: October

That one channel, must get around to it again!

Here are 6 of one or half-dozen of another posts I have found around the web (or are sent to me) that I have found interesting, funny, insightful, or thoughtful:

Why is God Unable to Forgive Sins Without Jesus Dying?

A pretty good lay discussion about Salvation. For my theology friends… is this a good answer, an incomplete answer or an inadequate answer?

The Rise of Victimhood Culture

Now for something scary for the coming holiday, what one writer sees our culture becoming: victims who lash out for imagined slights.

Excerpt: “As I ponder microaggressions as “a form of social control in which the aggrieved collect and publicize accounts of intercollective offenses, making the case that relatively minor slights are part of a larger pattern of injustice and that those who suffer them are socially marginalized and deserving of sympathy,” I certainly see their emergence on college campuses, but I wonder about other possible iterations.”

10 Obvious Superhero Weaknesses (That Supervillains Hardly Ever Exploit)

As we dress up our kids, perhaps we should also teach them about physics too!

‘Captive’ and the Christian Film Industry

When we make Christian films, preaching to the choir is not a good way to make a story nor does it help anyone. Just because we agree with something does not immediately make it good.

Excerpt: “This cinema appears to exist purely to exploit a market that, in the US, is quite ready to go and see a film if it affirms what they already believe. I wonder if it’s because Christian audiences feel that the rest of Hollywood seeks to undermine their faith, so they enjoy something that is on their side for once. The problem is, such congratulatory storytelling removes any drama or tension from cinema and is a fundamentally dishonest way of making films.”

Academic Calls for a Return to Eugenics (to Battle Global Warming)

Back to the scary, when we lift the importance of ideas above people to their conclusion we get things like this (of which I am still not sure if the original academic paper was serious or written for attention).

Excerpt: “the most innovative idea came from philosopher S. Matthew Liao (NYU) and pals. They propose re-engineering humanity. How? They want to monkey with your genes, kill your unwanted children, inject growth-stunting hormones into your womb, poison your food, and hook you permanently on oxytocin. But, hey: it’s for your own good. And it’s going to save the planet.

Groceries Only Take One Trip

I do this! If only I would learn and not carry everything in one trip, but it’s so faster that way. Note: my wife does help me bring stuff into the house.

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