Quick Takes – 10/6/2007

Andy Naselli quotes D.A. Carson on boasting: “Most people go through life concerned that others will think too little of them. Paul was concerned that others would think too much of him.” (with reference to 2 Corinthians 12:6)

Brad Wright asks and answers the question, “Do Christians live longer?” “There’s a big literature on ‘why’ religion is associated with longer lives, which I may blog about some time, but for now it suffices to say that church going Christians live longer than people who don’t go to church.”

David Lambert explains why The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman have not been released on DVD. “The concepts of the original Six Million Dollar Man where based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which is where Steve Austin comes from. So Universal had to get the rights to that book in order to make the show in the first place. But licenses like that periodically come up for renewal …” (Bring back Steve Austin – yeah!)

Mark Shead questions the wisdom of parents who give their children too much. “Every parent wants to give their kids nice things and most parents try to give their kids things that they didn’t have growing up. This isn’t always a good thing … My parents provided us with the support and encouragement to work hard. No one would have described us as ‘kids who had everything’, but what my parents gave us was much more valuable.”

Rick Phillips addresses the idolatry of pornography. “I prefer to speak of the idolatry of pornography rather than the addiction of pornography. Obviously, there are addictive elements to pornography … but the issue is not a straightforward one of addiction; the issues of personal identity and significance are hugely important … A man’s love for his wife is to be an act of holy worship. Learning to love the heart of a woman and to delight in the bride of your youth is one of the highest callings of godly masculinity — and there is glory in it.”

Alan R. Bevere pleads for civil discourse in politics and interviews on cable news channels. “If politics at its best is the discussion necessary to discover the good we have in common, then we need to speak to one another. There is nothing wrong with being passionate in our convictions, and asking the tough questions is one necessary element of a good interview. But in the midst of it all, we must retain our civility. Without civility our debate is no longer a discussion; it becomes a shouting-match in which good ideas are buried under the noise coming from big-mouthed pundits, who should have the sense to know when to be quiet.”

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