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Old Blog Posts March 22, 2006

Subject And in other news, the Crusades were a great idea!
Posted Date: March 22, 2006 – Wednesday – 10:11 AM
Oh boy.

And in other news, the recent Crusade in Iraq has nothing to do with oil.

Vatican change of heart over ‘barbaric’ Crusades

The Crusades are seen by many Muslims as acts of violence that have underpinned Western aggression towards the Arab world ever since. Followers of Osama bin Laden claim to be taking part in a latter-day “jihad against the Jews and Crusaders”.

The late Pope John Paul II sought to achieve Muslim- Christian reconciliation by asking “pardon” for the Crusades during the 2000 Millennium celebrations. But John Paul’s apologies for the past “errors of the Church” including the Inquisition and anti-Semitism irritated some Vatican conservatives. According to Vatican insiders, the dissenters included Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.”

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Subject Open Theism
Posted Date: March 22, 2006 – Wednesday – 6:48 AM
My more religiously oriented friends might be interested to check out this site regarding Open Theism.

Essentially, these guys are trying to reconcile free will with an omnipetent god. Predestination has been tackled by many western theologians, most notably by John Calvin and Augustine. The general consensus has become that God is omnipotent, and free will is an illusion of our temporal nature.

Open Theism rejects this claim, and supports the self-limitation of god in order to allow free will. Very interesting.

This is essentially the theological version of the scientific debate on determinism vs. quantum mechanics. Summed up quite nicely by Einstein, who is quoted as saying “God does not play dice with the universe.” Unfortunately for him, the evidence does not support this. Quantum Mechanics has stood up well, and has been used to make some of the most accurate predictions ever.

I wonder how this debate will play out in the religious sector?
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Subject All your base are belong to us!
Posted Date: March 21, 2006 – Tuesday – 11:29 AM
Oldy but a goody. If you don’t know why this is funny then I can’t explain it to you.

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Subject Calvin’s Pictures
Posted Date: March 21, 2006 – Tuesday – 4:39 AM
Well, I finally loaded some pictures of myself. Seeexay!

I really have very few digital pictures. I’m working on that, though. My friends and family have lots of pictures; and I’ve started tracking some down.

So, if you have pictures of me, let me know!

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Subject Respectully Disagree
Posted Date: March 10, 2006 – Friday – 8:11 AM
Notice the wonderful respectful tone of this correspondence. I wish all debates could be as pleasant as this one…

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