Still, the gunslinger said the world will end in neither fire nor ice, but rather darkness, and I tend to agree.
Presumably, you’re also aware that the melonhead genome has finally been sequenced. Turns out the skulls aren’t from humans, but rather another hominid.
A curious note: they are apparently so distinct that they may not have been able to have children with modern humans. This may explain why modern nephilim are exceedingly rare if they exist at all. Tex claims they run the show from behind the scenes because they aren’t numerous enough to risk outward rule. Beware tall redheads with disturbingly high foreheads.
I mentioned to Doompony that they’re probably grinding their teeth about the infertility thing. Remember, passion precedes thought. These guys don’t like being in the shadows. What they like is to dominate and be worshipped and erect giant, sacrificial, pyramid-shaped altars to themselves. Exceedingly long life (200-900 years?) must only alleviate the sting a little bit.
Reorganizing the blogroll
I forgot to include a bunch of blogs on the first go-around, which may have rightly offended a person or two. Zeke in particular, whose only crime was to get married and stop posting.
So here’s the new way of doing it: daily blogs, weekly, and monthly. Depends on update frequency, defunct blogs go in the monthly category (for checkups).
Funny, I just realized this is a good example for one of the principles of my organization system.
Elijah Armstrong put up another interesting summary. I’ll have to pick that book up.
Finished “The Brothers Karamazov”. I really enjoyed the court scene, but I was a little dismayed to observe that both the prosecutor and the defense made such good cases that I was thoroughly convinced of the defendant’s guilt, and then thoroughly convinced of his innocence. I’m more gullible than I thought (not to mention vacuous!). Live and learn, I guess.
I’d recommend the book.
Finished the New Testament again, found particular enjoyment in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians this time around. The idea that Paul “hijacked” Christianity is so laughable that it leads me dangerously close to morbid despondency. Such facile heresies should not exist in a nation of educated people, which we are not.
As I have said before, Paul was not God. He was, on the other hand, an extremely smart and careful intellectual with first-hand knowledge of the early church and the gift of a personal revelation from God. Hence, we should not just keep his letters in the canon, but we should study them with the intensity we’d normally reserve for Euclid.
To extend the analogy, saying that Paul hijacked Christ’s message is a lot like saying Euclid hijacked Pythagoras’ message.
I don’t say “extremely smart” lightly, but with the knowledge of what the practice of a strict Pharisee required. Plus, Paul was apparently one of the “most promising” young boys among all the “people of the book”.
After the exile scribes, many of whom were Levites, had begun to replace priests as teachers. The most famous were Shammai, Hillel, and his grandson Gamaliel, under whom Paul studied. Some of these teachers started schools, called bet midrash, “house of study,” for promising boys who had completed elementary school.
Holman Bible Handbook
I want you to guess at the crystallized intelligence of a man who was among the top 0.01% of memorizers within a culture of memorizers.
The transformation in his life was revolutionary enough to give credibility to his revelation. See also: John C. Wright’s testimony.