adjective — [riz–uh–buhl]
definition: that which provokes laughter.
synonyms: laughable, ridiculous, absurd, comical
Someone with a Ron Paul bumpersticker parked outside the Medicare office is risible.
Doug Wilson, The Sticky Mass of Federal Helps
[O]ur task, as a generation teaching the next one, is not to get students to conform to the standard. The task before us is getting them to love the standard.
—Doug Wilson, NSA Convocation 2009
During the night Nathan Busenitz posted his points about why Mark Driscoll is not justified in his particular use of provocative and offensive speech. By mid-morning Doug Wison responded with counterpoints.
Not that either one of them asked, or cared, but I really was tempted to add my two cents. Then I remembered: beware of dogs.
Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
I am not calling these men dogs. I am keeping my hands out of the fray. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch…but really, beware of dogs.
I have told numerous people in the past couple weeks that they should read Doug Wilson’s posts on Sarah Palin. Whether you agree with his answers or not, the questions he’s raised are good ones. I tried to summarize the links with the idea that it might help you prioritize your click-tab reading.
Prior to Palin’s Speech at the RNC:
- Kinda Spooky When You Think About It. “[R]emember that in the Bible Deborah was the dame who upstaged a fellow named Barak. Kinda spooky when you think about it.” Bottom line: Palin brings appeal back to the Republican party and to the Presidential campaign.
- Cons and Pros on Palin. Framing the big issues, with acknowledgement that at the very least, Palin does threaten the leftist agenda.
- And Another Thing…. A teenage pregnancy in the family certainly says something, but we might not know exactly what.
- John Knox and Sarah Palin. Knox’s The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women can not be used against Palin.
- Making Karl Rove Look Like a Piker. Why we should assume McCain’s advisors did proper vetting.
- Palin Comparison. Palin’s potentially harmful, or beneficial, role-model to Christian young women.
Post Palin’s Speech at the RNC:
- Secret Love Child of a Hot Dog Vendor. Perhaps Palin’s biggest negative is that she thinks highly of McCain. But like her or not, she is a game-changer.
- An Epistemological Pileup. “The idea that women should be excluded from civil office, period, is an exegetical question, and one that I believe that can be settled because of the perspicuity of Scripture.” He also points out it has yet to be proven whether she can take care of her kids and do the VP job.
- John Has Slain His Thousands. The potential that God has raised up Sarah Palin at such a time as this for knocking down feminism and abortion.
- Babe-raham Lincoln. Tensions and questions about whether Palin’s politics are a reversal toward the right direction, or only slowing us down on the wrong way.
- Two Marks of Deliverance. God’s deliverance is always different and surprising. Palin may fit into those shoes.
- Sarah Palin, Candidate of Peace?. How Palin’s energy policy leads to peace, even though her foreign policy may need work.
- The Single-File Column to Nowhere. The fact that God uses a woman doesn’t always and necessarily mean that all the men are wimps.
- The Creation Order and Sarah. Biblical principles do not equal biblical legislation, so we can still endorse general patterns while leaving room for exceptions.
- The Lipstick Affair. Palin isn’t the pig, but she has gotten into Obama’s head.
- Barak was a Great Warrior. The difference between absolutism and non-sinful exceptions. Here’s the answer to why one woman in office doesn’t necessarily make us all feminists.
- The Politics of Blood. Why the McCain/Palin pro-life policy is worth supporting, even though their foreign policy may be less than desirable.
- Democrats of the Shining Dawn. More on what the creation order means concerning women in office. Short answer: it’s alright as an anomaly, not a normalcy.
- UPDATE [11:32AM September 27]: A Slow-Moving Pharaoh. Clarifying why slower destruction is not deliverance, as well as noting the problems with both urban feminism and a certain kind of homeschooling feminism.
It’s difficult to keep pace with Wilson’s prolificity, so I realize he may have posted three more articles while I compiled this list. I’ll try to append applicable new posts as they appear.