Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mystery Quotation

"We know not how remote the period of the creation of this globe may be- certainly many millions of years before the time of Adam. Our planet has passed through various stages of existence, and different kinds of creatures have lived on its surface, all of which have been fashioned by God. But before that era came, wherein man should be its principal tenant and monarch, the Creator gave up the world to confusion. He allowed the inward fires to burst up from beneath and melt all solid matter, so that all kinds of substances were commingled in one vast mass of disorder; the only name you could give to the world then was, that it was a chaotic mass of matter; what it should be, you could not guess or define. It was entirely without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Spirit came, and stretching His broad wings, bade the darkness disperse, and as He moved over it, all the different portions of matter came into their place, and it was no longer 'without form an void'; but became round like its sister planets, and moved, singing the high praises of God- not discordantly as it had done before, but as one great note in the scale of creation."


Who said this? Just a clue, he was a Baptist.

Fairytales and Monarchism


I think part of the reason I am such a firm Monarchist is because I loved lots of fairy tales as a child.

Kings, queens, princes and princesses just seems like the natural way to run society.

I suppose we British live in a real life fairytale kingdom.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Colleagues

I am working with people of generally left of centre views. People in my office are dead against fox-hunting and whaling, dead against nuclear weapons, keen on organic food and seem to delight in criticising the United States. I fear some sparks may fly.

However, I am keen on reforming drug laws and think the government should spend lots on social housing, so maybe I am liberal enough to survive in a left-inclined workplace.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Musharraf looks like a nice man

Does anybody else agree that Musharraf, the president of Pakistan, looks like a nice man? I can't believe he is the nasty dictator that some people make him out to be.

He seems to be a good friend to the West; though it would be nice to see him achieving a bit more success at stamping out radical Islamic terrorism in Pakistan.

A.W. Pink and Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee and A.W. Pink might seem like two very different writers, but in my mind they belong to the same category. They both began from a solid base in Dispensational theology, but moved in an extreme and unhealthy direction. Both men wrote many works which contain much which is very edifying, yet for the most part their works are somewhat unbalanced.

Watchman Nee had a tendency towards a proto-Charismatic mysticism, while Pink adopted an extreme form of Calvinism and abandoned Dispensationalism altogether. They illustrate the dangers of moving either to the right or to the left.

It is likely that both men were influenced by their surrounding culture, Nee, by the mysticism and superstition of China, and Pink, by the legalistic Calvinism prevalent in Scotland.

We must navigate carefully between the Scylla of Reformed theology and the Charybdis of Charismatic theology.

Times: MP demands tea trolleys for weary travellers at airports

Times: MP demands tea trolleys for weary travellers at airports

What a lovely old-fashioned British idea!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

By the Rivers of Babylon, by Evelyn De Morgan



The outfits in this picture look rather Grecian.

Psalm 137

1 By the rivers of Babylon,
there we sat down, yea, we wept,
when we remembered Zion.


2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song;
and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying,
Sing us one of the songs of Zion.


4 How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?

5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget her cunning.


6 If I do not remember thee,
let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth;
if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.


7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom
in the day of Jerusalem;
who said, Rase it, rase it,
even to the foundation thereof.


8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed;
happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.


9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth
thy little ones against the stones.


Why is it that whenever I read this Psalm, I get the Boney M song stuck in my head?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Love and the Maiden, by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope



This picture is heavely influenced by Italian early renaissance painting.

It is not based on any particular mythological story. The viewer is left to insert her own narrative into the scene.

I think the maiden has avoided joining the group of dancing young people out of modesty or shyness; yet it will not be long before she finds love regardless.

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

The finale of the 1812 overture always fills me with joy. When I hear the choir sing God save the Tsar and the bells ring out, tears always fill my eyes. I am sure if I was a patriotic Russian hearing the 1812 Overture would send me absolutely crazy. The majesty and the glory of that piece of music is amazing.

There are a lot of things wrong with Russia. However, I consider myself to be a Russophile. Russia is a great nation that has gifted the world with many great things.

Oops




While listening to God save the Tsar on the internet, I just poured myself a bottle of beer. Then I noticed the beer was Tyskie beer from Poland.

Multiculturalism I guess.

YouTube: God Save the Tsar


YouTube: God Save the Tsar

Some nostalgia for Old Russia. This stuff brings out my sentimental monarchism.

A great quote from AW Pink on faith

Abraham did but illustrate what is all too sadly common among the Lord's people- that which might be termed the inconsistency of faith. How often those who are not afraid to trust God with their souls, are afraid to trust Him with regard to their bodies! How often those who have the full assurance of faith in regard to eternal things, are full of unbelief and fear when it comes to temporal things! We have believed in the Lord and it has been counted unto us for rigteousness; yet, how often, like Abraham, in the matter of the practical concerns of our daily life, we too, have more confidence in our own wisdom and scheming than we have in the sufficency of God.


AW Pink, Gleanings in Genesis, p.195

Friday, January 25, 2008

You can be unfashionable in the privacy of your home

This is bad. I was listening to Heavy Metal music while sweeping the kitchen floor and for a brief moment, I found myself pretending the broom was a guitar.

Good job I was alone in the house.

Great Bible teachers who believed the Gap Theory


Thomas Chalmers (Reformed and Presbyterian)

JN Darby

William Kelly

GH Pember

C.I. Scofield

L.S. Chafer

G.H. Lang

Erich Sauer

AW Pink (maybe not so great?)

Clarence Larkin

Henry Thiessen

Watchman Nee

Finis Dake (maybe not so great?)

Francis Schaeffer

Vernon McGee

Hal Lindsey

Derek Prince (maybe not so great?)

Times: More pain for Gordon Brown as funding row bites

Times: More pain for Gordon Brown as funding row bites

"The shadow of Labour’s funding scandals threatens to hang over Gordon Brown for years after police launched an investigation into Peter Hain hours after he quit the Cabinet."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Yahoo! News: Peter Hain resigns from cabinet

Yahoo! News: Peter Hain resigns from cabinet

About time he did. He shouldn't have been naughty.

The case against soup kitchens for the homeless

Thames Reach: The problem with soup runs

"Our experience over many years is that soup runs and other handouts do little to assist people to move off of the street. In fact we believe that there is evidence that they act as a magnet bringing people back onto the street and contribute to them staying attached to a street life-style."

Not all charities support providing food handouts to the homeless.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Times: Reclaim the streets now!

Times: Reclaim the streets now!

"The Home Secretary's crass remarks about walking alone at night must be challenged."

Article by Libby Purves

Monday, January 21, 2008

SurLaLune Fairtales.com

SurLaLune Fairtales.com

An excellent website dedicated to fairy tales.

Times: Rev Ian Paisley puts ‘Antichrist’ days behind him to join service led by a Catholic

Times: Rev Ian Paisley puts ‘Antichrist’ days behind him to join service led by a Catholic

I love the new face of Dr Ian Paisley. He is showing a quite delightful sense of political pragmatism.

When Christians talk about politics, they frequently talk all the time about principles. A lot of Christians seem to think that Bible-believing politicians must never, ever compromise. They think Bible-believing politicians should always speak their minds, no matter what the consequences. They think that Christian politicians should never make an alliance with the opposing side. I used to think like this. Dr Ian Paisley knows that such a strategy will not acheive anything.

The Evangelicals in the 19th century often failed to impact politics because they were unwilling to compromise. If Christians want to make an impact on the world of politics, they have to be willing to embrace both realism and pragmatism.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Times: No more singing policemen

Times: No more singing policemen

"The police keep abdicating their responsibility: to protect us from violent yobs."

Article by Martin Samuel.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Yahoo!: Paisley to retire as MP (possibly)

Yahoo!: Paisley to retire as MP (possibly)

Shame. However, he is still serving as first minister of Northern Ireland.

Guardian: East Europe migrants take 1% of social housing

Guardian: East Europe migrants take 1% of social housing

Contrary to claims by immigration scaremongers that East European migrants are causing a major housing shortage.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bacchanal by Lawrence Alma-Tadema



Bacchanals were orgies held in worship of the Roman wine god, Bacchus. They involved lots of sex, lots of drinking and sometimes some mindless violence thrown in for good measure.

We might expect that a painting of an orgy would take the opportunity to display some otherwise unacceptable behaviour (Victorian painters could put things in Classical scenes that were unacceptable in contemporary scenes). Remarkably, Alma-Tadema has given us a picture of a group of revellers so half-hearted that the Church of England look fanatical in comparison.

The big man on the right has had too much and lies down beaten by all the excess (which actually seems rather minimal). The female musicians in the background look utterly depressed by the event. The dancing lady seems to be wondering what she is doing there. The dancing young man on the right is trying to get into the spirit of things, but he appears to be just going through the motions. The other male dancer is really enjoying himself and putting something into it, but as he is the only one, he looks rather silly.

Some people have cricised this painting because it lacks the excess and debaucery that we would expect from such a scene. However, I actually think the picture is rather profound in portraying an orgy in such a way.

Ultimately, the immoral things of this world do not satisfy. I am sure orgies were fun, but when you had been to ten of them, I am sure they rather lost something. Immorality is subject to the law of diminishing returns. There are many people who try to build their lives around sex, drugs and alcohol and frequently they end up feeling more and more miserable. Only the knowledge of the Triune God of the Bible can truly satisfy.

The peoples of Greece and Rome were not satisfied by the cults of their gods and they turned to Christianity.

Love's Shadow by Frederick Sandys



Have you ever felt like that?

Yahoo!: Deed Poll Name Changes Set To Rocket In 2008

Yahoo!: Deed Poll Name Changes Set To Rocket In 2008
I don't believe any nation has a greater sense of humour than us British.

Times: Guardians that need a good smack

Times: Guardians that need a good smack

"The NSPCC is parodying itself by setting up a panel to looking into TV parenting shows."

Article by Mick Hume

Monday, January 14, 2008

Lifestyle change

I got some of that antiseptic gel that they use in hospitals. The stuff that you wash your hands with without soap or water.

Believe it or not, I am not a germaphobe. I dont actually worry much about germs. But maybe I should. I think this stuff is probably more effective at cleaning your hands than soap and water.

Dispensationalism is the theology for Heavy Metal fans









Reformed theology, with its philosophical tendencies tends to appeal to intellectuals, Star Trek fans and people who mostly listen to Classical music.

In contrast, I think Dispensationalism is the theological system for Heavy Metal fans. With its ancient evil going back to pre-creation week ages, battles in heaven between good and bad angels, its expectation of an evil Satanic totalitarian system and a corrupt ecclesiastical system and its cataclysmic judgements, how can Dispensational theology possibly fail to appeal to Heavy Metal fans? Do not the long-haired monsters of Revelation chapter 9 belong on the cover of an Heavy Metal album if one interprets them literally?

I think Heavy Metal can provide an excellent soundtrack for reading books by Clarence Larkin.

Totally awesome, dude.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Speculation

This weekend I have started reading two very speculative books; Earth's Earliest Ages, by GH Pember and Gleanings in Genesis by AW Pink.

GH Pember speculates about the spiritual realm and its inhabitants, while good old AW Pink finds all manner of imaginative types in every incident of Genesis.

I cannot help but be slightly amused by GH Pember's suggestion that Satan may have his throne and dwelling place in the Sun. Who knows? He might be right.

Maybe Christians need to speculate more than they do these days.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Monk and his Cat

I and Pangur Bán, my cat
'Tis a like task we are at;
Hunting mice is his delight
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
'Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill will,
He too plies his simple skill.

'Tis a merry thing to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way:
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our tasks we ply,
Pangur Bán, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.

By an Eighth-century Irish Monk. Translated by Robin Flower

Am I an escapist?

A significant proportion of the music I listen to (Summoning, Mortiis, Enya, Finntroll) seems calculated to make me feel like I am in Middle Earth, Narnia or some other fairytale type universe. Do I have an escapist tendency?

Then again, perhaps Americans who listen to Country music are just as escapist in longing for a return to some idealised American rustic past.

Times: Quit now over £100,000, Peter Hain is advised by a member of his campaign team

Times: Quit now over £100,000, Peter Hain is advised by a member of his campaign team

The Work and Pensions Secretary is in a right sticky mess. Yet another sign of Labour sleaze.

Times: 'Real' Bhutto heir denounces family business

Times: 'Real' Bhutto heir denounces family business

The democratic credentials of the Pakistan Peoples' Party are looking rather doubtful at the moment.

Friday, January 11, 2008

'The Giant's Chalice' by Thomas Cole (1833)



This is an amazing picture. I think it is my favorite American painting. It is heavly influenced by the German Romantic style.

In this picture we have a vast landscape in which there is a gigantic cup-shaped formation. The cup is in itself a landscape, with waterfalls, a sea with ships, vast forests and settlements.

The largeness of the cup makes the wider landscape seem even more vast. How far does this land stretch? Is it an island? Is there a sea beyond the horizon? Or is it part of a continent like Australia?

This picture captures a sense of the vastness of the world.

The first European to land on the North American continent was John Cabot (not Christopher Columbus). He was an Italian serving under the English flag.

Imagine John Cabot landing on the shores of North America. Maybe he saw a little stretch of woodland ahead of him and nothing more.

Could John Cabot in his wildest dreams have imagined the vast continent that lay beyond his horizon? Beyond that little stretch of woodland ahead of him were whole mountain ranges, rivers, vast forests, great deserts and grassy plains. Could he possibly have conceived what a great land he had come to?

America is so huge. It makes me feel so happy to think that there is such an enormous place as America. Americans are very privileged to live in such a great country.

Budweiser is not the 'king of beers'

Budweiser claims to be the 'king of beers.' I am afraid I very much disagree. i think it is far too thin and sickly.

If you think Budweiser is great, you really must try Peroni larger from Italy, or Baltika beer from Russia.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Vicky Dillen has some new material on her website

Seek God: Bible Charts

Seek God: Sins of “the father”~ Charles F. Parham

Two Pictures of the Snow Queen



Edmund Dulac (left), H.J. Ford (right)

I love fairy tales, along with most other things Gothic, Quasi-Medieval and Victorian.

The Snow Queen is a fascinating image, a woman who is beautiful, yet devoid of passion and feelings (No reference to any contemporary or past politicians intended).

What is the purpose of prison?

Why send people to prison?

In discussions about prison there seems to be a strong tendency among many to see prison as primarily being about reforming the offender. Some of these people point to huge rates of re-offending and argue that 'prison isn't working.'

Some people take the view that less people should be sent to prison, particularly female offenders. In their view, only violent offenders should be sent to prison and other offenders should be 'dealt with in the community.'

Let's think about an hypothetical case:

Melanie is a young woman who works in an office. She has never broken a law in her life. She has never hurt anybody, except through a few bitchy remarks when she was a teenager.

One day, she is in a rush on her way to work. In a moment of dizzy blonde-headedness, Melanie decides to put her make-up on while she is driving her car. She loses concentration and loses control of her vehicle. It collides with another car, killing the driver and a passenger. In one stupid, thoughtless moment, this normally well behaved young woman ended the lives of two people.

Melanie is arrested, charged and convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Should Melanie be sent to prison?

It should hardly be necessary to send Melanie to prison to reform her behaviour. She had never broken the law before. The shame of knowing that she had killed two people would have served to prevent her ever committing that act again, even if she was allowed behind the wheel of a car.

It is possible that sending Melanie to prison might actually lead her to commit further crimes in the future, rather than reforming her. She would lose her job. She would probably lose her boyfriend too. Her future would be bleak. It is possible that contact with other prisoners might have a corrupting influence on her, now that her life had changed.

While Melanie's actions caused the death of two people, it would be inaccurate to call her a violent offender. If she was banned from driving she would no longer be a threat to the public. Those who argue that non-violent offenders should be 'dealt with in the community' should presumably oppose Melanie's incarceration.

Yet there seems to be two very good reasons why a judge might be quite justified in sending Melanie to prison.

Firstly, Melanie's actions ended two human lives. Giving her a custodial sentence shows the importance of human life and the value upon it.

We find this principle in the Scriptures:

Exodus 21
28 ¶ If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

30 If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.

31 Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.


Though the owner of the ox had not intentionally killed the victim, his carelessness had resulted in death and thus he was in danger of the highest penalty.

This is the principle of retribution. If a person commits a wicked deed; they must atone for it with suffering. This is not a principle which our leaders are keen on, yet it is one that is supported by the Word of God.

There is also another reason for locking up Melanie. That is that her punishment serves as a deterrent to other women who might be tempted to put their make-up on while driving. Thus, lives might be saved through a harsh punishment being given.

The deterrence argument is so often overlooked in modern debates about prison. The liberal critics of prison always point to the high figures of re-offending. However, it should hardly be a surprise that prisoners re-offend. These are the people that were not deterred by the law. It is the harder offenders who will wind up in prison. They are the least re-formeable in the population as an whole.

The statistics will never reveal the extent to which severe sentences deter offenders. This is an hidden figure. Yet it must surely be many.

I am proud to be a Tory

My membership of the Conservative party has just been renewed. I received my 2008 membership card in the post today.

I am proud to be a member of the Conservative party.

We are conservative. We are positive about the British way of life and the British way of government. We are sceptical about the constant flow of new legislation from the present government. We are sceptical about the government's desire to constantly tinker with the consitutional form of government that this country enjoys.

We believe in individual liberty. We believe that people should be able to make choices about how they live.

However, we also believe that peoples' choices have an impact on others. Individual libety means individual responsiblity. Hence, we also believe in a strong approach to law and order. We believe that criminals must be caught and punished fairly.

We believe in a free market. We believe that wealth is created by hard work and investment and that attempts to redistribute wealth are counter-productive.

We believe that Britain must be able to defend its borders and its liberties. Thus, the Conservative party suppors our armed forces and believes that defence spending must be adequate.

Although most Conservatives accept that it is right that Britain should be a welfare state and that the government must provide quality public services, we also believe that individuals must learn to be self-reliant, that the goal of welfare is to help people to stand up on their own feet.

These are the values that I believe in as a Conservative. These are the values that I do not think the Labour party and the Liberal Democrat party are fully committed to. Policies may change, but we must stand by these values.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Times: All change: the Right knows it's wrong

Times: All change: the Right knows it's wrong

"All across the globe, conservatives can see the need for radical moves because the old attractive policies are not working."

article by Daniel Finkelstein

The Right needs to change. Conservative parties need to move away from an obsession with small government towards an acceptance of progressive social policy.

I used to be an hardline Right-winger. While I am still committed to moral values and free-market economics, I dont believe there is a viable future for traditional conservatism. I am a Modernizing Conservative.

Monday, January 07, 2008

American Country Music

by Antonio

When I was a child growing up into adolescence I was a rock-n-roller. I wanted nothing to do with rap or country or anything else. We made fun of anyone who liked anything else other than rock.

As I have grown up, my musical tastes have expanded. On thursdays at my work it is country day. I used to hate it. But after 4 years of listening to it, I have learned to love it. I recently found this song and this version of it that I really love. It is innocent and fun at the same time. Well, here it is. Kellie Pickler, Red High Heels.

Started my new job

I started my new job at the drug rehab clinic. I did not do much work today, as I was mostly learning about how the organisation works.

This is going to be a bigger challenge than any job I have done before. I have worked as an administration assistant before, but this time I am THE administrator. This is going to be a big responsibility.

The drug rehab clinic is in a small town in the hills. It is a beautiful place, but like many small towns in the countryside, it has lots of bored kids. And lots of bored kids means it has a major drugs problem.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

New Slippers

I got some new slippers on Friday, from Marks and Spencers. They are really comfortable.

They are these ones.

Latin Jazz

Lately I am listening to 'The Jazz' a digital radio station that plays just Jazz music. I am not really a Jazz music fan, but I do find the stuff they play interesting and enjoyeable.

To my own amazement, I am finding that the programme I am enjoying most on the 'The Jazz' is the 'Latin Party' on Saturday evenings, which plays just Latin Jazz. I find this really surpising as I tend to dislike Latin stuff and dont dance. Still, it is very energetic and creative music with an appealing sense of the exotic about it.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

I am not American, but I am backing John McCain for president

John McCain for President

I am not American so I have no say in this, but somehow it does not seem right to have no opinion on who should be president of the world's only superpower. So I am backing John McCain.

This is just for fun; please don't hate me if he's not your candidate. I don't have any say in the outcome.

Maybe if I take an interest in American politics, I can set an example for American readers to take more of an interest in British politics.

Abraham meets Three Angels (Dore)



In Genesis 18, the Lord appears to Abraham in the form of an angel.

Before the incarnation of our Lord as a man, he took on bodily form as an angel, a form by which He made many appearances.

God is a personal God. He desires a relationship with His creations. Being corporeal beings, it is easier for us to relate to other coroporeal beings, so that even before God revealed Himself in the Son, He revealed Himself as an angel.

Abraham in this story was able to share a meal with His God. It seems an incredible idea, yet this is what the Word of God tells us. If Abraham had only shared a meal with two angels it would seem remarkable, yet God also descended and ate with Abraham.

God had fellowship with Abraham. The Christian may not share a meal physically with His Lord. Yet, He is indwellt by God the Holy Spirit. He is united to Christ in heaven. He has fellowship with the Church which is Christ's body and is a temple also indwellt by the Holy Spirit. When she is raised from the dead and glorified, the Christian will ever be with the Lord, enjoying His presence for all eternity.

Note the final conversation that Abraham has with God. He negotiates with Him. He attempts to persuade the Lord of the universe to have mercy on Sodom.

God allows Himself to enter into negotiations. Instead of operating an unchangeable plan devised in eternity, He negotiates with Abraham.

So many times do we hear theologians and preachers talking all the time about the sovereignty of God. They talk about how God has set down His counsels in eternity and they will never change. Yet here God allows His plans to be influenced by Abraham.

God desires a relationship with us. God wants men and women to be included in His plans.

So many Christians strugggle with prayer. They think "If God has planned what He is going to do, why should I pray?" This emphasis on the immutability of God's plans can present an obstacle for prayer for many Christians.

Yet this story tells us that Abahams' pleas had an impact on God. God listened to Abrham and changed His plans in accordance with His negotiation with Abraham. When we pray, God hears our prayers and He will shape His purposes in accordance with them. We can have boldness to bring our requests and petitions before the throne of grace and have confidence that they have an impact.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What would I want in a Republican presidential candidate if I was an American?

My knowledge of American politics is pretty limited. However, I shall try to imagine what I would want to see in a Republican presidential candidate.

Firstly, I would want my candidate to be opposed to abortion. That might settle the whole question, however, assuming all the nominees were pro-life, I would have to look at other issues too.

I would want my candidate to be:

- Supportive of the War on Terror and prepared to maintain a vigilant foreign policy.

- Pro-immigration and in favour of a well-thought out amnesty plan for illegal immigrants.

- Committed to a free market and opposed to protectionism.

- In favour of generous provision of social housing.

- Concerned about adequate social security and willing to consider a more European model of social security.

- Willing to consider European models of health care.

Would this make me a liberal Republican? And which nominee do you think I would support?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Henry Morris v William Blake on Job



I recently read the late Henry Morris' book The Remarkable Record of Job. It had some good things to say, but I was uncomfortable with some of it.

Henry Morris made the rather questionable assumption that Job's wife left him. Some readers may recall that I posted on this a while back.

Henry Morris bases this idea on Job's disagreement with his wife in chapter 2, where Job's wife tempts him to curse God and is rebuked by him. However, if she left him then, it makes no sense that in 19:17, Job says that his wife will not approach him because of his foul breath. If Job's wife is no longer with him, it should be pointless to say that she will not come near him.


Job's wife did not argue with him as the comforters did, which suggests that Job's rebuke lead to her repenting of her folly. In any case the reference to her in chapter 19 strongly indicates that she remained with him. Without any evidence of her departing from him, it seems reasonable to conclude that she was the mother of Job's ten new children.

William Blake, as you can see from these images, evidently disagreed with Morris. In nearly all of his illustrations of the Book of Job, he included Job 's wife, making her a full participant in his trial and eventual restoration.