Wednesday, 11/27/13

    1. Pope Tony declares anathema
    2. Who stole the Old Testament?!
    3. Egalité Über Alles
    4. Redesign


I really can’t keep up with all the religious hucksters, but I’ll admit I’ve heard of Tony Jones.

He has decreed that it’s time for “schism” from those who do not “know that women should be accorded full participation in every aspect of church life.”

“The Spirit has spoken, and we have listened. It’s time to move forward with full force.”

[T]he idea that Tony Jones, a top leader in a niche Protestant movement that’s been around for maybe 20 years, is ready to pronounce clanging anathemas on all Christians who don’t share his theological innovation on the women-in-church-leadership subject strikes me as a grandiose delusion.  For Jonesian Christians, it is impossible to share even a publishing house or a dais with people who believe more or less what all Christians everywhere believed for around 1,900 years.

(Rod Dreher)

Jones  earlier anathematized homeschooling. Dreher:

OK, so let’s see … you can (it appears) jettison the Trinity and still be a Christian, but disbelieve in women’s ordination, or choose a private, religious, or homeschooling option for your kids, and you get skizzumed by Dr. Jones, of the Church Of What’s Happening Now.

Mrs. Tipsy asks, regarding Jones, “what denomination is he?”

After beating her soundly but lovingly for such a presumptuous question to her Lord and King, at whose feet she should sit and learn silently and in full submission, I looked it up: he’s answerable to nobody but Tony Jones.

Dreher has a lot of links and updates on various reactions, and concludes:

Anyway, I’m not really interested in arguing over women’s ordination. I am interested in pointing out the hubris and arrogance of Tony Jones’s claim that the Spirit has spoken so clearly to the Church over the last 50 years or so that everything that came before on the subject is now null and void.

But I think Tony Jones is more famous than Rod Dreher, so shut up and drink your Kool-Aid, Jonesians.


I didn’t blog anything yesterday, and today’s a little light, because I have been trying to figure out why and how Protestants audaciously stole 7 books out of the Old Testament. So far, the Protestant answers I’ve found are almost totally incoherent when they’re not just making stuff up.

Surely some Protestant has done better than that. I hope to get back to you on real soon with an Protestant reason, howsoever inadequate, that doesn’t sound like a total straw man.


[A]s the recently released 2013 entry proves, the Global Gender Gap report is a cultural more than a scientific document.

Though it makes use of hard data on men’s and women’s education, health, economic participation, and political empowerment in 133 countries, it is far from objective, as it is built on dubious assumptions about human flourishing. Any instance of women outperforming men is deemed good, regardless of how everyone in the country is actually doing …

[A]ccording to the WEF and a credulous media, a poor country where women, unable to make ends meet, are forced to leave their children and families for far-away jobs where abuse is said to be commonplace is worthy of our emulation (the top-ranked countries are “potential role models,” says the report) because, after all, they are closing the WEF-defined gender gap.

The U.S., by the way, comes in at 40th in the gender gap in labor force participation, way behind such lady paradises as Kazahkstan, Ethiopia, and Botswana, though given the ongoing decline in American male labor force participation rates, perhaps we could catch up soon.

(Kay Hymowitz) I probably borrowed too much already. Go read her concluding paragraph.


I trust you’ve noted the, er, major redesign. Instead of “Sensitively dependent on initial conditions” (a willfully obscure allusion to chaos theory), we give you now the pellucid “‘Intellectualoid.” Because ‘Dilettante’ Was Already Taken.”

I’m not really sure “Dilettante” was taken. So sue me.

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.