Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

The Alma Mater

Just so you know, I enjoyed my 4 years at Liberty University, and bear no ill will toward anyone there. But I think sometimes when I talk to people about the theological climate at Liberty, they believe I'm exaggerating. Go watch this video, and you may get a glimpse of what it's like to be Reformed at LU.

It reminds me of the time in convocation when Dr. Falwell identified the three main dangers to Christian colleges in the 21st century as 1) Homosexuality, 2) Pentecostalism, and 3) Calvinism. Strange bedfellows indeed.


Xindaeltal said…
The funny thing about Jerry is that by definition is a "heretic" himself. Let me explain.

The historic teaching of the church is that children are to be baptized and raised to be faithful. There are particulars as to what the baptism means, but thats for later. By this definition Jerry is a heretic because he splits with the historic and collective teaching of the church.

Further, Jerry holds to a heretical view of eschatology. In AD 431 the Churchwide council of Ephesus condemned the literal view as heresy. The gist of the Nicene Creed says this of Christ's return:

"... and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end."

The Council of Ephesus says: "It is not permitted to produce or write or compose any other creed except the one which was defined by the holy fathers who were gathered together in the holy Spirit at Nicaea."

So you see, Jerry is infact a heretic because he breaks with the Nicene Creed.

In the third place Jerry is not a Church Council and therefore is out of order for proclaiming Calvinism to be a heresy. This could be a stretch but calling someone a heretic could be heresy, or maybe impersonating a church council. Hmmm.

Anyway that was a bit windy. Hope you enjoyed that!
Ithilwen said…
Let's just say...Jerry is an interesting sort of fellow...
Oh and here is a completely unrelated picture you might want to check out involving spirit fingers...
Xindaeltal said…
Yes and you need to start posting oftener.... Where are these FV ruminations. :-D