Per the discussion of what mean ole me has
done to Jimmy Carter, Micah Tillman, a philosophy lecturer at
Catholic University and blogger over at the Free Liberal, sends along some
Regarding the Carter quotation from the Macomber article: Thanks to the “search inside” function on Amazon, I found the passage on pages 228-29 of Carter’s Living Faith. Three things are interesting/curious:
1. That Carter assumes Jesus would have to be looked back to as an example of good governance. If he had become King of the World, how would God Incarnate have died? (I assume Carter believes in the deity of Jesus, anyway.) I never considered whether Jesus would have died of old age before.
2. That Carter assumes there would be “exemplary” justice with Jesus at the top of a government of fallible human beings. This assumes that the morality of the leader trickles down, and makes everyone below him or her better/worse. Jesus, after all, would not have been judging every case in the world, nor administering every punishment, nor building every Habit house, etc. Most of the running of a world-wide government would be done by non-deities many levels below Jesus in the bureaucracy.
3. That Carter seems to think the only reason Jesus turned down the job was that he would have had to bow to Satan in the process (see p. 229). If only Satan had left that part out!
I don’t know that I can say whether Carter is right or wrong on these three points (I haven’t had long enough to think about them), but they’re fascinating to ponder.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online