- Most theologians agree that the Old Testament contains quite a few exhortations that can safely be ignored such as proscribing the eating of shell fish and wearing red dresses. And if we applied the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount to public policy, governance of any country would be untenable.
- Obama is misrepresenting what the Bible has to say and bringing up Old Testament passages with no relevance to the Gospel.
- Obama is a liar.
Another interesting bit about the speech in question is that Obama touched on a topic I think is interesting, ``Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal rather than religion-specific values; it requires their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason.'' I wish I had the ability to state ideas with such clarity. I spent quite a few more words than Obama arguing the same position and didn't manage to make my point as clear.
Which is one of the things I'm finding to be intriguing about Obama. On quite a few subjects he is giving voice to ideas that have been bouncing around my head for quite some time, for example, his recent speech on patriotism. I don't know that thinking the same way that I think on many topics is a qualification for the presidency. It's just odd as on any given issue, I'm usually either in the minority or think both sides are wrong.
With the wee little tykes up at their grandparents' house, I'm luxuriating in the silence at home. I believe that tomorrow is the day that they're scheduled to come back. There will be much rejoicing but less silence.
After dinner yesterday, I finished taking the screws out of the floor in the upstairs kitchen, swept, mopped once with warm water and once with an ammonia solution, and took measurements of the floor. Tonight will be a trip out to the store to get some floor leveler and some vinyl flooring to lay down before the new cabinetry goes in. I don't think I'll start putting the new floor down yet. I'm thinking painting would be good to do before putting down the floor.
After working on the upstairs for about an hour and half, I went running. I've lost quite a bit of stamina after I've slacked off running for while. I spent three weeks with a cold that made it impossible for me to run. Then once I was better, I let days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months without getting back into the groove. It's time to fix that. This time, however, instead of going for distance, I'm going for speed. Rather than jogging along at a pace I can keep up for miles, I'm trying to run as far as I can just short of a sprint. Presently, I cover a 3 mile circuit. I run the first quarter mile or so. After that, I run two blocks and walk every third. Hopefully after a week or so of this, I can increase that to running three blocks and walking the fourth. Anyway, I end up running about 2 miles, just not contiguously.
Which got me thinking about lying by telling the truth. It is technically correct to say that I ran two miles last night. I did go running. The distance I covered while running was two miles. But the way I ran was far different from running straight for two miles. Most people who heard me claim that I ran two miles would think that I ran for two contiguous miles. And while there are some contexts in which my statement about running two miles would not be misleading, in most contexts it would be. And if my intent were to deceive, then even though I would be telling the truth, I would be lying.
But some people don't see it that way. Some would argue that so long as my words were correct at some level, that I wasn't lying. An example of this is a story told about Saint Athanasius the Great. (At least I think it was him.) One of the times he was on the bad side of the emperor and was being hunted down in order to be killed or imprisoned, he was out rowing boat with imperial soldiers in hot pursuit. They stopped him and, not realizing who he was, asked him if he'd seen that impious heretic Athanasius. Saint Athanasius replied, `yes, he's quite close at hand.' I've seen this story used to show how one can get out of a sticky situation without lying. But I think it is clearly a case of a lie, a justified lie, perhaps, but still a lie.
After running, I was watching a bit of TV to unwind. I caught the very end of The Daily Show and the leader for The Colbert Report mentioned that Steven was going to interview Anglican bishop NT Wright. I tried to stay up to watch. Once again, the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. I fell asleep.
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