Posted: 2017-12-07 19:22
This seems to me like one of those situations where everyone is addressing the wrong audience. Some people go through a nerdy adolescence, and come out repressed and over-cautious, and would like feminism to turn the volume down on the issue. Some people go through a nerdy adolescence, and come bitter and predatory. And then people in the first group become collateral damage in feminism 8767 s fight against the second.
Are you suggesting, as some scholars have, that Matthew first wrote a sayings gospel first, in Hebrew, then a decade or two later comes across a copy of Mark, so writes a new, bigger gospel in Greek using about 95% of the material in Mark for an outline/framework in which to include material from his Hebrew saying gospel? So do you think that Matthew could be the author of the Q source in the 7 Document and 9 Document hypotheses?
I think the key here is not activating any anti-tribal reaction: Neil doesn 8767 t say 8775 feminism tells me such-and-such is wrong, and I want to know feminists propose as an alternative 8776 , he says 8775 such-and-such IS wrong, but I 8767 m unsure what the better alternative is 8776 . Scott Aaronson describes himself (and I believe truthfully) as 97% onboard with feminism, but that doesn 8767 t sound as convincing as framing your argument in language that directly accepts feminist views.
I said this somewhere upthread, but it seems to me like feminist women almost always prefer sensitive, kind, 8775 weak 8776 men and are turned off by overly domineering, masculine behavior. Or at least tend much more in this direction than the average woman. A biological-y hypothesis you might appreciate is that since feminists tend to be women with more masculine traits, they naturally will be attracted to more effeminate men.
"It’s splendid!" she replied. "I thought He would have left me here a long while but He is so good to take me now." A little later she whispered, "Come, Lord Jesus, come and fetch me." She dozed for a few minutes, then suddenly awakened, saying, "I am lost in amazement." She began singing faintly but clearly. A terrible rush of convulsions seized her, and when they ceased and the nurse gently laid her back on her pillows. Frances’ sister later wrote: Then she looked up steadfastly, as if she saw the Lord. Surely nothing less heavenly could have reflected such a glorious radiance upon her face. For ten minutes we watched that almost visible meeting with her King, and her countenance was so glad, as if she were already talking to Him! Then she tried to sing, but after one sweet, high note, "HE---" her voice failed and her brother commended her soul into the Redeemer’s hand.
"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! 8 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
9 Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith.
Now, notice the lesson in these two passages. It is faith that astonishes Jesus, either its presence or its absence. In one instance, He found faith where it wasn’t expected. In the other, He didn’t find it where it should have been. Both cases amazed Him. Jesus isn’t impressed with status, wealth, power, or abilities, but He’s amazed when we trust Him as we should—and equally amazed when we don’t.
A man recently corresponded with me about this. He had read one of my books and was commenting about the hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.” In his letter, he made an interesting observation. The crosses that hang around our necks or that adorn our churches are polished and smooth. If someone makes a wooden cross for a church sanctuary, for example, they typically sand it down and put a coat of varnish or polyurethane over it. You can run your hand over it without getting any cuts or splinters. It’s as smooth as a piece of furniture. But the Romans who cut the trees and split the wood and formed the cross of Christ had no such designs. The wood was rough and jagged and filled with hundreds of sharp splinters of varying sizes. The wood was perhaps riddled with insects. When the raw and scourged back of Jesus Christ was forced onto that wood and raised perpendicular to the ground, the full weight of his body bore down on all those splinters and exposed Him to all the tortures of that wood.
To Summarise then, the external evidence for the author of our second gospel, according to Papias, the author was called Mark. This could be the John Mark mentioned in both Acts and the Pauline epistles. The internal evidence neither confirms nor opposes this. The Petrine connection mentioned by Papias is far more contentious and therefore very doubtful, but the internal evidence neither confirms nor contradicts this. The main objection appears to be from external evidence, namely Augustine, If our second canonical gospel (Mark) really was dependant upon the apostle Peter it is difficult to account for its comparatively early abandonment in favour of our first canonical gospel (Matthew).
Well said! I relate to so much of what you wrote, being that single guy that never married. You bring up a very good point men our age need a place to talk about this stuff and learn from each other because, as only guys like us know, we are somewhat outcasts in society. Hard to have large social circles at this age, seemingly impossible to meet someone in the real world left to the online dating environment which is flawed by its very design.
Absent the one-dimensional view, it would be perfectly reasonable to say something like 8775 You feel pain? I have felt pain before too. I 8767 m sorry about your pain. It would be incredibly crass to try to quantify exactly how your pain compares to my pain and lord it over you if mine was worse. Instead I will try to help you with your pain, just as I hope that you will help me with mine. 8776
That’s the way miracles are. When Jesus performed His miracles in the New Testament, He was not telling us that He would always perform a miracle, but that He possessed all authority and that nothing would ever be impossible for Him. I think it is C. S. Lewis who pointed out that Jesus turned water into wine in John 7, but that He actually does that all the time. He sends the rain from heaven, it is absorbed into the ground, drawn up into the vine, and it fills the with rich, red fluid which is crushed into juice and ferments into wine through the natural processes that God built into the natural world.
69 “The great day of the Lord is near—near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry on the day of the Lord will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior there. 65 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, 66 a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers. 67 I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth. 68 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord ’s wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth.” (Zephaniah 6:69-68)
The ancient world divided the night into four parts, and the fourth watch began at three . and extended until daybreak, or six . Jesus had put these men on that boat at perhaps five or six o’clock in the afternoon, and they had started off. But the driving wind had stalled them at mid-lake, and now it was three or four or five o’clock. They had been straining at the oars for ten hours or so! Count it up. Five-to-six-to-seven-to-eight-to-nine-to-ten-to-eleven-to-midnight. Then on until three or four o’clock.
We know that there are nice reasonable feminists out there somewhere, and yet it seems to us like the raving hordes of feminist activists on Tumblr and Jezebel are cruel, dishonest, intellectually unsophisticated, etc. Similarly, while there are nice, reasonable anti-feminists (and/or critics of feminism), the raving hordes of anti-feminist activists on 9chan and Return of Kings are the fedora guy like the feminists, they 8767 re also cruel and dishonest, they 8767 re also not statistically literate. I feel like the feminist movement as a whole isn 8767 t arguing with Scott Alexander or mocking Scott Alexander, the reasonable guy they 8767 re fighting against the other 99%. Just like how you aren 8767 t arguing with Ozy or even Penny really, you 8767 re arguing with the uncouth masses that seem to be increasingly growing.
But it 8767 s not just that. Try to look up something on Iron Man, and you get an article on Iron Man-Child and how 8775 the white maleness of geek culture 8776 proves they are 8775 the most useless and deficient individuals in society, precisely because they have such a delusional sense of their own importance and entitlements. 8776 Go to Jezebel and people are talking about how jocks are so much better than nerds because nerds hate women.
I suspect Scott would agree with you to an extent. See the section starting 8775 It’s a bias that probably has both cultural and biological origins. The cultural origins are far too varied to enumerate 8776 . He 8767 s written about this kind of pattern before, I think, where there are small biological differences in means between two distributions, and culture amplifies those small differences.
The difference between the inconsistencies in the records of other historic events and those in the Gospels is that the latter is meant to be 8775 inspired by God 8776 so should be perfect. The story of Jesus is purportedly (to Christians) the most important event in the history of the planet. To have a rag-bag bunch of tales, full of errors, inconsistencies, copy errors and evident forgeries can only allow the rational conclusion that 8775 The Greatest Story Ever Told 8776 is based on hearsay and myth. One would have thought that a wide variety of independent, contemporary authors might have mentioned someone who was raising the dead, healing the sick, etc. etc, but no such mentions exist.
Reflections Would it be fair to judge poetry by its worst poems? Novel-writing by the dreariest novels? Mathematics by its mistaken proofs? Science by its weakest claims? Hermeneutics by its most opaque analyses? Feminism by its most sardonic expressions? Complexity theory by its most arcane classes? Portuguese by its most irregular verbs?
But the male version of the problem is nerd-shaming or creep-shaming or whatever, and I don 8767 t feel like most women, especially most feminist women, take it nearly as seriously as I try to take their problems. If anything, many actively make it worse. This is exactly those cartoons above and the feminists spreading them. Nerds are told that if they want to date girls, that makes them disgusting toxic blubberous monsters who are a walking offense to womankind.
And entitlement is the driving force between so many improvements in the world. If entitled people didn 8767 t rise up to take what was rightfully theirs I don 8767 t know were we would. There would be no welfare state programs, no labor movement, no civil rights movements, (and social justice movement for that matter) all of that you have entitlement to thank for. Does first world feminism (well the sane part that 8767 s not spending most of its time trying to preserve current sexual and gender norms)nowadays not mostly consist of entitlement to stuff guys can get that 8767 s harder to get for girls? Almost all their negative liberty goals seem to have been achieved here. And I look forward to a lot more entitlement, because the current way goods, services and labor are distributed is unoptimal.