Theological Ramblings

last-snowfall:

geardrops:

swanjolras:

out of all the aspects of millennial-bashing, i think the one that most confuses me is the “millennials all got trophies as a kid, so now they’re all self-centered narcissists” theory

like— kids are pretty smart, y’all. they can see that every kid on the team gets a trophy and is told they did a good job; they can also see that not every kid on the team deserves a trophy, and not everyone did do a good job

the logical conclusion to draw from this is not “i’m great and i deserve praise”— it’s “no matter how mediocre i am, people will still praise me to make me feel better, so i can’t trust any compliments or accolades i receive”

this is not a recipe for overconfidence and narcissism. it is a recipe for constant self-guessing, low self-esteem, and a distrust of one’s own abilities and skills.

where did this whole “ugh millennials think their so-so work is super great” thing even come from it is a goddamn mystery

what fucking kills me is, yeah, maybe we got the trophies, but who gave them out

this is not a recipe for overconfidence and narcissism. it is a recipe for constant self-guessing, low self-esteem, and a distrust of one’s own abilities and skills.

Which is pretty much what mental health practitioners observe happening.

It’s also what I observed happening as a singing teacher: the older kids literally would not believe a positive word I said until I had proved I would tell them they screwed up/had done badly/etc. I did so in as useful a way as possible (“So this passage. We really need to work on this passage. A lot. This passage is not good yet.”), but with almost every adolescent I taught I had to prove I would give them straight-up criticism before they would parse my praise as anything other than meaningless “the grownups always do this” noise.

The most popular evangelical formulations of penal substitution treat sin as though it were a victim-less crime completely between each individual human being and God. It makes sense for this to be the account of sin that would be developed among privileged, sheltered people who have never experienced sustained oppression from the sins of the other people.

cracked:

Before you chime in against the “white knights”, ask yourself this simple question: “Would what I’m about to say get me yelled at or punched in my stupid fucking face if I said it in real life?”
4 Ways Gamers Still Suck at Dealing With Women

#4. We’re Incapable of Mature Conversations About Gender
There’s a baffling disconnect where gamers want to be taken seriously, but they also want to be able to call Quinn (or Anita Sarkeesian, or Brianna Wu, or Jennifer Hepler, or the woman who just chainsawed them in half in Gears of War) insults that the average convicted sex offender would consider over the line. They want to have their asshole cake and eat it too.
Well, guess what? If you can’t talk like an adult, then you have to keep sitting at the kids table. But I’ll let you in on another secret: it’s not hard to talk like a sane adult human.

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cracked:

Before you chime in against the “white knights”, ask yourself this simple question: “Would what I’m about to say get me yelled at or punched in my stupid fucking face if I said it in real life?”

4 Ways Gamers Still Suck at Dealing With Women

#4. We’re Incapable of Mature Conversations About Gender

There’s a baffling disconnect where gamers want to be taken seriously, but they also want to be able to call Quinn (or Anita Sarkeesian, or Brianna Wu, or Jennifer Hepler, or the woman who just chainsawed them in half in Gears of War) insults that the average convicted sex offender would consider over the line. They want to have their asshole cake and eat it too.

Well, guess what? If you can’t talk like an adult, then you have to keep sitting at the kids table. But I’ll let you in on another secret: it’s not hard to talk like a sane adult human.

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fem-mew-nist:

snommelp:

You ever come across an argument that is so incredibly asinine that you simply can’t refute it, because you can’t force your mind to a level where it even begins to make sense? It takes so much effort just to comprehend how someone could make the fundamental flaw of the argument, not to mention the effort it takes to then explain that to them and show them the correct logic.

And of course all of this is just compounded by the problems that come if this person has decided that they’re an authority on the subject and that their authority makes them correct regardless of how sound your logic is (like an alleged math teacher claiming that 2+2=5 and then, when shown through several different proofs why this is wrong, stating “I’m a math teacher and you aren’t therefore I’m right”).

And the sad thing is that the point in question isn’t even an important point to his argument. But if he won’t admit he’s wrong on something so unimportant, even when logic itself is against him, why should I expect that he’ll take opposing points seriously when it does matter?

/rant

this sounds exactly like my dad

I sincerely hope this person I’m talking about isn’t your dad. I would not wish him on my worst enemies, let alone someone I respect.

scottthepilgrim:

which fucking fedora wearing friendzoned nerd made this thing

The irony in this image: the seal in the top image will eat those fish if given the chance, while the whale shark in the bottom image is physically incapable of eating anything larger than a sardine. The “good guy” is a predator to the women, while the “asshole” literally can’t hurt the women surrounding him.
So, an apt metaphor, even though clearly not what the creator intended.

scottthepilgrim:

which fucking fedora wearing friendzoned nerd made this thing

The irony in this image: the seal in the top image will eat those fish if given the chance, while the whale shark in the bottom image is physically incapable of eating anything larger than a sardine. The “good guy” is a predator to the women, while the “asshole” literally can’t hurt the women surrounding him.

So, an apt metaphor, even though clearly not what the creator intended.

One of my wife’s churches is having what I consider to be incredibly stupid drama over the fact that she’s changed the order of worship. In searching around to try to help her articulate her theological logic for wanting worship patterned in this certain way, I came across this article. Fair warning, it’s long.

…and not to get too deep into the drama, but “that’s how we’ve always done it” is never a good reason, but especially not when the pastor can turn right around and say “the Church universal has done it my way since the second century.”

Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think retail Christmas should start until after the Cubs have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
slacktivist (via azspot)

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again: it’s important to realize that prejudices and expectations can play a major role in Bible translations. If a large percentage of Christians expects a certain verse to be about homosexuality (for example), then any translation that doesn’t treat that verse as dealing with homosexuality is going to be accused of having a liberal bias, even if it’s a more faithful rendering of the original language.

Something to think about next time someone tries to argue that 1 Corinthians 6 must be about homosexuality “because so many different translations say so.”

cracked:

Here’s hoping they keep working on it, but please, save your pre-order money.
5 B.S. Stories That Went Viral: Anti-Roofie Nail Polish

#3. That Anti-Date-Rape Nail Polish Doesn’t Exist
According to the articles on the subject, this new fashion accessory helps women prevent date rape by changing color when exposed to drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. As The Washington Post, CNET, USA Today, CBS, and Mashable wonder: does the nail polish help prevent the crime of rape or perpetuate the idea that the onus of prevention lay solely on the victim? Well, here’s Cracked’s take on the subject: it doesn’t matter, because the nail polish totally doesn’t work. Or exist.
According to the project’s creators (four students at North Carolina State University), the thing is actually in an “early R&D” stage, which is another way of saying that it isn’t actually a thing. And if it were? Turns out that only about 3 percent of urine samples from assault victims carry traces of the drugs it detects — or “detects,” since the technique they’re using is notorious for giving false positives. Remember those date-rape preventing coasters? Yeah, they can turn color when exposed to water.

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cracked:

Here’s hoping they keep working on it, but please, save your pre-order money.

5 B.S. Stories That Went Viral: Anti-Roofie Nail Polish

#3. That Anti-Date-Rape Nail Polish Doesn’t Exist

According to the articles on the subject, this new fashion accessory helps women prevent date rape by changing color when exposed to drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. As The Washington Post, CNET, USA Today, CBS, and Mashable wonder: does the nail polish help prevent the crime of rape or perpetuate the idea that the onus of prevention lay solely on the victim? Well, here’s Cracked’s take on the subject: it doesn’t matter, because the nail polish totally doesn’t work. Or exist.

According to the project’s creators (four students at North Carolina State University), the thing is actually in an “early R&D” stage, which is another way of saying that it isn’t actually a thing. And if it were? Turns out that only about 3 percent of urine samples from assault victims carry traces of the drugs it detects — or “detects,” since the technique they’re using is notorious for giving false positives. Remember those date-rape preventing coasters? Yeah, they can turn color when exposed to water.

Read More

You ever come across an argument that is so incredibly asinine that you simply can’t refute it, because you can’t force your mind to a level where it even begins to make sense? It takes so much effort just to comprehend how someone could make the fundamental flaw of the argument, not to mention the effort it takes to then explain that to them and show them the correct logic.

And of course all of this is just compounded by the problems that come if this person has decided that they’re an authority on the subject and that their authority makes them correct regardless of how sound your logic is (like an alleged math teacher claiming that 2+2=5 and then, when shown through several different proofs why this is wrong, stating “I’m a math teacher and you aren’t therefore I’m right”).

And the sad thing is that the point in question isn’t even an important point to his argument. But if he won’t admit he’s wrong on something so unimportant, even when logic itself is against him, why should I expect that he’ll take opposing points seriously when it does matter?

/rant