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Waiting for my daughter to get to Nashville, I went into a little non-descript cafe to grab a bite to eat. To my surprise (forgetting where I was), it had Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site live music. A fellow, no longer young, with a guitar was covering George Strait and Elvis tunes, playing for tips. Hardly anyone was in the restaurant, and the makeshift stage was Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site by the smoking section, putting the few customers far away from the music. But I grabbed a table close by so I could not only hear the guy but watch him play. (I have Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site a rudimentary knowledge of the guitar, so I like to watch the chord changes, and whether the musician can really play the instrument or is faking it with three chords and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site a capo.) Anyway, I enjoyed my dinner tremendously, much more than with the usual canned music or silence.

During a break, the guitarist came up to thank me for paying attention Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site. He's a songwriter too, he said, been in Nashville for years. So far his work is on "independent labels," but he's looking for his break, waiting to be discovered, paying his dues Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, like hundreds, maybe thousands of artists who come to Nashville, for most of whom it never happens.

Cities and towns trying to attract tourists, restaurants wanting to attract clients, bring in live music Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site! Look what it has done for Austin, Texas, where every BBQ joint and chili parlour has a band, featuring just about any kind of music someone might want to hear. In Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Austin, there are so many musical venues that a musician can make a living without scoring a big recording contract and selling out to the pop culture. It would be culturally healthy Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site if individual creativity and aesthetic appreciation could permeate through the grass roots of the culture, instead of being under the control of the cultural elite and the corporate bottom line.

As Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site for Christians wanting to influence the arts, give artists what they need and what is so often very hard for them to find: an audience, with the influence coming from being Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site an audience that upholds positive standards. Get musicians, not records, to play at your functions. (There are likely already some in your church.) [Even high school proms now nearly always use DJ Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site's spinning records rather than bands.] And for the other arts, buy it! Adorn your home with works actually painted by someone. (There are likely already artists in your community, and even in your Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site congregation.) And churches have what artists crave: walls. I've known of churches that sponsor art exhibits on their wall space, highlighting art of the community, sponsoring competitions (say, in art Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site with a religious subject, landscapes, portraits, etc.), becoming a real way to reach out to artists, some of whom subsequently have been reached with the Gospel. And even if that does Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site not happen, those of us in the audience can make it an occasion for praise to God who has given such gifts to human beings.

Posted by Veith at 08:59 AM

^ Guitar Town

Since I Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site was speaking in the Chattanooga area, I decided to drive a little ways to Nashville, where I rendezvoused with my daughter Mary, on her spring break from deaconness school at Concordia Theological Seminary Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Nashville is a cultural epicenter, home of much of the Christian publishing and recording industry, as well as country music (and even non-country music, since this is Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site where most of the big music publishers are headquartered). In sphere after sphere, the traditional and the contemporary clash, compete, and are sometimes reconciled. So excuse me while I blog what the Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site truckers and Steve Earle call "Guitar Town."

Posted by Veith at 08:49 AM

February 25, 2006

Outlawing abortion?

So what do you think about ^ South Dakota's bill outlawing abortion, an attempt to force the Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site хэнд of the newly-conservative Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade? Is the timing right? Might it instead cause the Supreme Court to definitely affirm legalize abortion? I've got to say Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site that I admire the great state of South Dakota, in any event.

Posted by Veith at 12:22 PM

February 24, 2006

Shiites vs. Sunnis

Here are some quotes from ^ Sunnis and Shiites?')">the letter referred to Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site in the post below:

Zarqawi, in a 2004 letter, said he wanted to create a civil war in Iraq. He called Iraq's Shiites "a greater danger and ... more destructive to the nation" than Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site U.S. forces.

The Shiites "in our opinion are the key to change," he said in a the letter, which was found in Iraq and released by the Pentagon. "I mean that Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site targeting and hitting them ... in (their) religious, political, and military depth will provoke them to show the Sunnis their rabies.


Notice the hatred these Muslim sects have for each other. The Shiites make Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site up only 10-15% of the Muslim world, but they hold the majority in Iraq, Iran, and Syria. They believe that Mohammad's son-in-law Ali was his legitimate successor and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site that the leadership of Islam should reside in the descendants of the prophet's family. The last of these, Ali's son, Husayn, was murdered by the faction that believed the Caliphate should be Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site chosen, not inherited and that would later constitute the majority Sunnis. But the Shiites have never forgiven this, marking the "martyrdom" of Husayn every year by flogging themselves to suffer with him. There Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site is no longer a true Imam on earth, but he will come again after a period of chaos, a time the president of Iran has said that he believes is Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site near.

Sunnis reject this kind of messianic belief and believe the Shiites are idolatrous, in, for example, their devotion to shrines. Such as the Golden Mosque, blown up by Iraqi Sunnis, which contained nothing Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site less than the tomb of Ali.

CORRECTION: The Golden Mosque contains the tombs of the 10th and 11th Imam, not Ali, the first imam. The12th imam disappeared, and he Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site is the one who is expected to return. This is in the city of Samarra (anyone know Somerset Maugham's ultra-short, one-paragraph-long story "Appointment in Samarra"?). The tomb of Ali Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site is in Najaf. It too has been attacked. It was the site of the bloody standoff with the Shiite insurgent al-Sadr. I'm researching the difference between Shiites and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Sunnis and coming up with some fascinating material that I'll be writing about in my column for WORLD.

Posted by Veith at 08:11 AM

Civil War in Iraq

Remember that intercepted letter from Iraqi al Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site-Qaida leader al Zarqawi that said how his strategy was to provoke civil war between ^ Sunnis and Shiites? Well, he may have attained his goal. Blowing up the Golden Mosque, perhaps the Shiites' holiest Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site site, has sparked that sect to retaliate against the minority Sunnis (Saddam Hussein's sect responsible for most of the insurgency). At least 100 Sunnis have been killed, as many Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site as 168 of their mosques have been attacked, and at least 10 imams have been killed. The question is, can the new Iraqi army restore order? But it too is wracked by the same Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site religious divisions and may fragment. And can the U.S. military impose order on both sides?

Posted by Veith at 07:56 AM

February 23, 2006

Willie,now Dolly

Another country music icon has pledged her solidarity with the gay and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, in this case, transgendered community. ^ Dolly Parton wrote and sang "Travelin' Thru" for the movie about a sex-changed father and his/her son, "Transamerica." The tune is up for an Oscar Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, and Dolly will perform it at the awards ceremony. In the link, Dolly brags about all of her gay fans and urges tolerance.

With all of these recent incursions into the heartland Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, I think homosexuals are winning the culture war. In a few years, we may expect to see total social acceptability of the homosexual lifestyle, including legalized gay marriage. Only Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site conservative Christians will be holdouts--and there will not be that many of them, since even evangelicals are going the way of changing to fit the culture--and those few dissenters will be hated, marginalized Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, and punished. Am I wrong?

Posted by Veith at 09:13 AM

^ Tone deaf politics

I don't know who is showing the more tone-deaf political tactics, President Bush for threatening to use his never Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site-before-exercised right of veto if Congress blocks Dubai's ownership of those port operations. Or former Cornhusker coach Tom Osborn for getting his hated rival Barry Switzer, former Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site coach of my Oklahoma Sooners, to campaign for him for governor.

Posted by Veith at 09:07 AM

^ The global economy comes home to port

Under our globalized economy, the USA is one of the few safe harbors for Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site investments from overseas. Half of our national debt is held by foreign investors, buying up government bonds. The stock market, big corporations, and the real estate market all are bolstered by foreign Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site money. Those oil-rich little Muslim countries have nowhere to park their money, much less invest it at home, so they buy assets everywhere else. Now that the British company that has Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site run a number of our sea ports has been bought by a company owned by the government in Dubai, it is hard for us to complain.

But it is Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site indeed a concern. It probably isn't as major a concern as many people are making it out to be. The same people will be running the ports as before. Just the top Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site ownership has changed. And security will still be the job of the Coast Guard. But still, this is an example of economic globalization that might be a problem for us. And Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site if we kick out the United Arab Emirates, it would be a big blow to our economy if they and others like them dumped their investments here and took them elsewhere. (On the Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site other хэнд, where else could they get a good return on their money? France? Iraq?) By the way, still-Communist China may be an even bigger owner of American assets, including financial Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site stakes in some of our seaports. Help me out here. How should we handle this?

Posted by Veith at 08:31 AM

February 22, 2006

"God doesn't like people to draw"

Muslims don't believe Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site in pictures of their prophet, but many don't believe in any artistic depictions at all. So how do you teach required art classes to Muslim children in American schools? Michelle Malkin has Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site a fascinating post about this.

Along that same line, Jihad Watch tells of going to an art museum in the Netherlands. While the streets outside were packed with burqa-clad Muslim Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site women, there were NO Muslims, as far as he could tell, in the art museum. He uses that illustration to show how the treasures and the heritage of Western Civlization really are at Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site stake in the current cultural clash.

But note the different cultural influences of different religions.

Posted by Veith at 02:30 PM

Not Dead Yet

Not all of the horrific stories of what went on in New Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were true, but apparently doctors did euthanize patients in the course of evacuating at least one hospital. A disability group with the great name Not Dead Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Yet claims these were not just mercy killings as the waters rose to cover the patients' beds. The killings took place on the seventh floor. The staff apparently did it so they could get Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site out of there.

The NPR report states, "According to statements given to an investigator in the attorney general's office, LifeCare's pharmacy director, the director of physical medicine and an assistant Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site administrator say they were told that the 'evacuation plan' for the seventh floor was to not leave any living patients behind, and that 'a lethal dose would be administered', according Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site to their statements in court documents."

Commenting, Not Dead Yet, says, "In other words, the only way the staff could evacuate was if they could report there were no more living patients to take care Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site of. This was not about compassion or mercy. It was about throwing someone else over the side of the lifeboat in order to save themselves."


Posted by Veith at 02:12 PM

^ Tennessee Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site traveler

Sorry for the late blogging. I'm on the road again. Really early in the morning, I caught a plane and now I'm in Tennessee. The Lily Foundation has funded a Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site bunch of programs in Christian and church-related colleges on "Vocation," which is quite welcome, though the understanding of that concept is not consistent, I've noticed. Still, I'm doing Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site what I can to clear up the matter. Tonight, I'm giving a "Vocation" lecture at Lee University in Cleveland, not too far from Chattanooga. Then tomorrow night, after talking to a group of students Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, I'll be giving the Humanities Lecture on "The State and Potential of Christian Higher Education." But I should have plenty of time to do my blogging and my writing for Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site WORLD in this beautiful Smoky Mountain setting, away from the snows of Wisconsin.

Posted by Veith at 01:38 PM

February 21, 2006

^ Two Discordant Masters

In a comment yesterday, Rick Ritchie gave a link to something he posted Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site on his excellent Old Solar blog, quoting from "Notebook of a Colonial Clergyman" by the patriarch of American Lutheranism Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. In the passage I just linked to, Muhlenberg is Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site struggling over the Romans 13 issues involved in the Revolution. He is sympathetic to the patriots (such as his son, discussed below), but he recognizes the force of the Scriptural command Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site to obey existing authorities. He tells about leading prayers for soldiers of both sides. He concludes with this interesting Two Kingdoms remark:

If God's governance ordains or suffers that a king or Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site a parliament or a congress should have power over me, then I must be subject to and serve two discordant masters at the same time.

The King was an authority over him Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site. AND the new American congress was an authority over him. Particularly in his office as a pastor, he is resolved to serve them both.

Muhlenberg here gets into the "Christ and Culture in Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site paradox" dimension of the Two Kingdoms, the awareness of conflict and tension this often entails in the real world. This would have also been an issue for southern pastors during Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site the Civil War. Can you think of any situations today where we might be under "two discordant masters" and how that can be lived out?

Posted by Veith at 07:51 AM

^ Leaving the pulpit Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site to bear the sword

The talk about Lutherans in the time of the Reformation raises an interesting case-study of vocation. John Peter Muhlenberg was a Lutheran pastor sympathetic to the American Revolution. After service Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site one Sunday, in front of his congregation, he took off his vestments to reveal the uniform of an officer in the Continental Army. He announced that he was leaving the congregation Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site to accept a commission in the military. He went on to become a staff officer with George Washington, a Brigadier General, and a hero of the war. But do you think Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site he violated his vocation as a called and ordained servant of the Word to leave his congregation in order to fight in the war?

To bring this to our own times, when Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site a person leaves a secular vocation when he is called into the ministry, this is seen as a good thing. An army officer who goes to seminary and becomes a pastor is certainly lauded. But Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site a pastor who leaves the ministry to follow some secular calling is often looked down upon. We are taught that all vocations are equally valid before God. And yet the Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site pastoral office has a uniqueness. Help me out here. I'm not sure myself.

Posted by Veith at 07:39 AM

February 20, 2006

^ A Lutheran on Washington's faith

Looking for the first name of that Lutheran cleric Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site who exchanged his vestments for the uniform of the Continental Army, I came across this , which also details some key Lutheran contributions to the Revolution and to the new nation it produced:

Henry Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Melchior Muhlenberg was one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in America. His son John Peter, was a pastor, promoted to Major-General in the Continental Army and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site then elected to Congress. Another son, Frederick, was a pastor who became the first Speaker of the House. Both sons served in the first U.S. Congress and helped pass the First Amendment. Henry Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Muhlenberg pastored the German congregations near Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. In The Notebook of a Colonial Clergyman, Henry Muhlenberg wrote: "I heard a fine example today, namely that His Excellency General Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each and every one to fear God, to put away wickedness that has set in and become so general, and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site to practice Christian virtues. From all appearances General Washington does not belong to the so-called world of society, for he respects God's Word, believes in the atonement through Christ, and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site bears himself in humility and gentleness. Therefore, the Lord God has also singularly, yea, marvelously preserved him from harm in the midst of countless perils, ambuscades, fatigues, etc., and has hitherto graciously Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site held him in his хэнд as a chosen vessel."

Here we have the Bible, the ATONEMENT, and also the doctrine of vocation! That same site also gives one of Washington's prayers, which Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site is Trinitarian and Gospel-centered. Another echoes Luther's morning prayer and, again, shows a consciousness of vocation as God working through his daily taks:

From George Washington's private prayer journal. "O most Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site glorious God ... Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit.... Daily frame me more Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site and more into the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ.... Thou gavest thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation...."

"Almighty God…I yield Thee humble and hearty Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site to Thine own service and for Thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me."


Posted by Veith at 01:29 PM

^ But was he a Christian?

More thoughts on Washington's faith (with applications to Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site similar questions about other people). The Father of our country was not a Lutheran and surely could have benefited from theology lessons from his staff officer, the ex-pastor Peter Muhlenberg. Nor Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site was he a Baptist, and so may be lacking in a dramatic conversion experience. But every Sunday, when he attended his Anglican church as we know he did frequently, he Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site would confess his faith in the words of the Apostle's or the Nicene Creed. Is there a basis for thinking that "I-cannot-tell-a-lie" George was being insincere, indeed Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, lying, when he would make that public confession?

True, someone could say those words without really believing them. And one can rhapsodize about a conversion without really having one. One can take Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site communion unworthily (I didn't know that Washington didn't commune, something that often comes from being afraid to), or despise one's own baptism (a sacrament Washington seems to have honored). The point is Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, we can never know outwardly the state of a person's faith with complete surety, but we seldom need to, this perhaps being part of the scriptural warning against Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site "judging". But what we have is surely enough for our purposes, the person's baptism and public confession. Isn't that enough?

Posted by Veith at 01:10 PM

Washington's God

National Review Online posts a Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site fascinating interview with Michael and Jana Novak, author of the new book ^ Washington's God, focusing on the religious beliefs of the Father of Our Country. They conclude that he was indeed a church Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site-going, praying, devotional Christian. He was not a Deist, though like many Christians at the time he tended to use philosophical terms for God ("Providence," "Supreme Author of All Good") as Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site the Deists did. The huge difference is that Deists assumed God did not interfere in the affairs of men, whereas Washington emphatically did, and was always praying. The Novaks also discuss his Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site membership in the Freemasons and tell some revealing anecdotes. Read the interview, linked above.

Posted by Veith at 08:52 AM

^ Presidents' Day honorees of the future

The next presidential election in 2008 is wide Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site-open. This may be the election in which someone relatively known today rises to the top. Who is there in either party--besides Hilary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice--that seems to have Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site presidential timber?

Posted by Veith at 08:17 AM

^ A Holiday in Need

Happy Presidents' Day, a national holiday that we will all celebrate by not getting any mail. Seriously, this is a national holiday that has not Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site penetrated our national culture. Holidays need rituals of some kind. On Thanksgiving, we feast; on Independence Day we shoot off firecrackers; on Memorial Day we have a parade and decorate graves. We Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site may not know exactly what we are celebrating on Labor Day, but at least we take advantage of it by having the last cook-outs of Summer. But Presidents' Day has nothing Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site.

If we had kept it to just honor George Washington, it would be easier. We could eat cherry pie and have facsimile silver dollar throws. Go around wearing tricorne hats. Throw tea Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site in large bodies of water. Row boats across February's icy waters. Washington was our only bi-partisan president, who truly was the father of our country. Adding in Abraham Lincoln Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site to the holiday hurt it. Lincoln was a great and noble man, but he presided over the dissolution of our country, rather than its founding, and he held office in a sad time and Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site was a tragic figure. But then throwing all of the presidents into the holiday--relatively few of whom are worth celebrating--diluted it beyond recognition. And untying it from a specific day Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site with historical meaning (such as Washington's birthday) and putting it on Monday, so as to give federal workers a long weekend, just мейд it seem like a day Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site for federal workers to have off.

But we're stuck with it, and we might as well make it meaningful if we can. Can anyone think of rituals, customs, or other kinds of Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site observances to celebrate Presidents' Day? (Both serious and satirical suggestions are welcome.)

Posted by Veith at 08:03 AM

February 17, 2006

^ WORLD vs. the Religious Right

WORLD has an investigative reporter, Jamie Dean, who has uncovered connections between indicted Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site lobbiest Jack Abramoff and Christian right strategist Ralph Reed. It seems Mr. Reed was running state anti-gambling campaigns with money from Indian casinos that just wanted to preserve Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site their gambling monopolies. Mr. Abramoff was the channel for hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mr. Reed's organization. He also "delivered" anti-gambling advertisements from other Christian activists and organizations, such Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site as Фокус on the Family. You need to read Jamie's article here, and, for more supporting evidence, here. No one has accused him and his organization of wrongdoing. He seems to have been Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site used by Ralph Reed. So why isn't he mad at Ralph Reed instead of WORLD? Part of the issue seems to be the assumption in most "Christian journalism" that Christians Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site should always defend each other, no matter what, that Christian publications should not air dirty laundry in the church. WORLD, though, has always resisted that assumption, believing that part of the Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site vocation of a Christian journalist is to uncover the truth, even when that truth is not flattering to Christians.

Indeed, the left-wing press has seized on WORLD's initial reporting to discredit the religious Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site right, with a story in ^ The Nation.

So give us guidance here. Did WORLD do right or do wrong?

UPDATE: You have got to read WORLD editor Marvin Olasky Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site's response to the complaints of Фокус on the Family, including e-mail evidence of the shenanigans Jamie Dean has uncovered.

Posted by Veith at 10:00 AM

DNA proves Indians aren't Jews, disproving Mormonism

The Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site Mormons believe that American Indians are descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel, the saga of which is recorded on those plates discovered by Joseph Smith and translated into the Book Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site of Mormon. But now ^ D.N.A. evidence has established that the American Indian tribes came from Asia, rather than the Middle East. This would seem to be scientific evidence that Mormonism isn't Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site true. But that is not necessarily shutting down or even slowing down the religion.

"This may look like the crushing blow to Mormonism from the outside," said Jan Shipps, a professor emeritus Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, who has studied the church for 40 years. "But religion ultimately does not rest on scientific evidence, but on mystical experiences. There are different Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site ways of looking at truth."

Meanwhile, Mormon scholars are trying to address the findings with a higher-critical revisionist approach to the Book of Mormon:

Unofficially, church leaders have tacitly Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site approved an alternative interpretation of the Book of Mormon by church apologists — a term used for scholars who defend the faith.

The apologists say Southerton and others are relying on a traditional Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site reading of the Book of Mormon — that the Hebrews were the first and sole inhabitants of the New World and eventually populated the North and South American continents.

The latest scholarship, they argue Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, shows that the text should be interpreted differently. They say the events described in the Book of Mormon were confined to a small section of Central America, and that the Hebrew tribe was Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site small enough that its DNA was swallowed up by the existing Native Americans.
"It would be a virtual certainly that their DNA would be swamped," said Daniel Peterson, a professor Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site of Near Eastern studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, part of the worldwide Mormon educational system, and editor of a magazine devoted to Mormon apologetics. "And if that is the case, you couldn Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site't tell who was a Lamanite descendant."

Southerton said the new interpretation was counter to both a plain reading of the text and the words of Mormon leaders.

"The apologists feel that Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site they are almost above the prophets," Southerton said. "They have completely reinvented the narrative in a way that would be completely alien to members of the church and most of the prophets Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site."

The church has not formally endorsed the apologists' views, but the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — http://www.lds.org — cites their Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site work and provides links to it.


(HT: Susan Olasky on the main World site)

Posted by Veith at 08:51 AM

Anti-Christian violence here

"Boston Globe" columnist Jeff Jacoby points to the hate crimes against Christians Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site in rural Alabama, where ^ 10 rural churches have been torched. Five have been predominately white churches and five have been predominately black, all Baptist.

But out of the ashes of these churches is rising the Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site phoenix of racial reconciliation. These counties have a history of bitter segregation and racial violence. But now the white congregations and the black congregations targeted by the arsonist are pulling together Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site, helping each other deal with the damage and worshipping together. Read this touching account.

Posted by Veith at 08:39 AM

^ Wisconsin gets back to normal

Here in Wisconsin we have been enjoying global Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site warming, with the temperatures reaching a for-us balmy 30 degrees every day this winter, a record 57 straight days. But yesterday we had about 12 inches of snow, at least half of it coming in Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site a real Little-House-on-the-Prairie style blizzard. I couldn't see anything past the house next door. The snow was accompanied with thunder and lightning. Now the cold has Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site set in, with promises of 10 below zero tonight.

And did we have what less hardy Americans enjoy as a "snow day"? Are you kidding? Cancel school and shut everything down for a little snow? Our Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site schools here let out early, but our heroic unsurpassed road crews had the roads in driving shape in no time. I salute them in their vocations.

Posted by Veith at 08:23 AM

February Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site 16, 2006

^ Legalize organ sales?

Two American doctors are calling on governments to allow people to sell their organs for transplants. There are not enough kidneys,for example, to meet the need for kidney Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site transplants, a black market has already arisen, and, after all, "individuals [are] entitled to control their own body parts." Critics say that legalizing organ sales would exploit the poor. Advocates Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site say that the poor might be helped if they could get $50,000 for an extra kidney. Besides, making more organs available would save lives, etc., etc. How would you untangle the ethical issues here Support Live Art - Posts from the old world site? Selling one's organs strikes me instinctively as wrong, but is it, and if so, why?

Posted by Veith at 08:07 AM

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