Weak-kneed Apologies

September 28th, 2006

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So sorry.
“If my remarks offended anyone, I sincerely apologize.” Heard that one lately? The pope is the latest in a lengthening line of public officials who have crafted a novel form of apology that feels like no apology at all. For example, Senator George Allen is apologizing profusely for using the word “macaca” to describe a member of his opponent’s staff. These two men line up behind athletes and politicians, along with business and religious leaders, who offer weak-kneed apologies (some crafted by their press agents and advisers).

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Good Will Hunting?

September 24th, 2006

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Not sure.
A few of my friends are avid hunters and become quite animated this time of year. I don’t share their zeal since I’ve never been a hunter, nor do I come from a family of hunters. My father – a brilliant engineer and academic – took me hunting once as a wee lad. I recall watching Dad firing his shotgun twice at fleeing pheasants. He missed both times. Our guide brought down a bird with a single blast. Dad never went hunting again.

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Amateur Authorities

September 15th, 2006

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Unpaid, unorganized amateurs.
It receives millions of hits everyday from around the world. It’s viewed by many to be at least as authoritative as Encyclopedia Britannica – if not more reliable. The compilation process demonstrates the remarkable ability of a community to be self-correcting. And it has challenged the experts who found it inconceivable that a legion of unpaid, unorganized amateurs scattered about the globe could create anything of value, let alone what may one day be the most comprehensive repository of knowledge in human history. Wikipedia is pretty remarkable.

Except that I wasn’t talking about Wikipedia. I was describing how the Bible came to be.

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Falling leaves & towers.
When you first saw the terrorist attacks of 9/11, what was your candid response?  Most of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing.  But what did you feel?  If we polled a hundred people, we’d hear the same three or four responses – horror, shock, disbelief, and anger.  Whether Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Christian; the butcher, the baker, or the candlestick maker – most everyone responded with shock and horror to the events of 9/11.1 And that’s exactly what the Judeo-Christian tradition predicts.

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Written by Thomas Schaeffer Nelson
My emotions and my rationality are very fond of each other. Quite possibly, too fond of each other for their own good. I descend from a line of moody-but-practical Minnesotans and, although I have never inhabited their state, I fully bear their state of self. Thus, I am someone who likes to try and make sense of things but often takes them far too much to heart.

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