1. Jeffrey Ressner of Politico interviews Dennis Miller. Money Quote:
I view terrorists as really aggressive hecklers that we occasionally have to shut up.
2. Should being internet savvy be a qualification to be President? I can’t believe some people are even discussing this. Like the President is going to have time to surf the net anyway. He’ll have staffers do that. This should not even be considered a qualification. Should the President be aware how the internet affects our culture and society, sure. Does it matter whether he can personally send an e-mail? No.
3. Stephen Mansfield, a conservative, pro-life Christian, recently wrote a book examining Senator Barack Obama’s faith. Tom Parsons of Blog Critics wrote about a recent interview that Mansfield had given..
A person’s faith is a window into their soul. For a politician, how he or she speaks about his or her faith will tell you something about how they will govern. Stephen Mansfield, author of the new book The Faith of Barack Obama, says that examining the Senator’s faith journey gave him insight not only into the Democratic presidential nominee, but insight into larger cultural trends as well.
4. Remembrances Bernie Mac, from Bus Driver to Hollywood Star on NPR, Allison Samuels of Newsweek remembers Comedian Bernie Mac who died Saturday morning from Pnuemonia.
5. Always get people to proofread before you advertise with Google Adwords:
HT: Anne Jackson
This is the finding of a special international study conducted by leading international social researcher, the German Bertelsmann Stiftung. Crossing 21 nations, the study surveyed 21,000 individuals to produce the most extensive and detailed comparative study on the significance of religion in the main cultures of the world.
Worldwide, more than four out of five young adults (85 percent) are religious and almost half (44 percent) are deeply religious. Only 13 percent have no appreciation for God or faith in general.
However, there are large differences between individual countries and among the various denominations. Whereas young adults in Islamic states and developing countries in particular are deeply religious, young Christians in Europe especially are comparatively unreligious. For example, 80 percent of all young Protestants outside of Europe are deeply religious and 18 percent are religious, compared to just seven percent of young Protestants in Europe who are deeply religious, and 25 percent can only be classified as nominal members of their church.
It is a similar picture with young Catholics. Although the proportion of deeply religious Catholics in Europe is 25 percent, outside Europe this figure is 68 percent. Only a third of young people in Eastern Europe and Russia have been christened, and most young people have no connection at all to faith and the Church. Only 13 percent are deeply religious.
The study also revealed that a third of the young adults surveyed worldwide (35 percent) who regard themselves as not belonging to a denomination nonetheless identified themselves as religious.
HT: Joe Carter
7. Change – below made me laugh out loud.
HT: MATTR OF FACT
8. This made me laugh too.
9. Stand to Reason has a lecture cruise almost every year. Melinda of STR posted notes from each of the sessions.
10. Dennis Babish at The Point wrote on the Separation of Church and State – A One-Way Street. He reviewed Steven Waldman’s book Founding Faith.
Here’s a snippet:
Waldman states that they created a three-part creed that was considered quite radical at that time:
• Religion is essential to the flourishing of a republic
• To thrive, religion needs less help, not more, from the state
• God gave all humans the right to full religious freedom
11. Regarding the conflict in Georgia, John Mark Reynolds says there are five questions we should be asking. This outlines an excellent strategy on how to deal with the Russian invasion of Georgia.
12. Sharon Lindbloom posts on the LDS church’s rejecting of the cross of Christ.
13. Kristen Scharold at First Things reviews Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture by Daniel Radosh.
Before many Christians are ready for the rapture, they apparently have a lot of baggage to unpack. Lucky for them, Daniel Radosh has taken it upon himself to shake out all their dirty laundry.
In his recently published book, Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, Radosh bravely ventures into Christian music festivals, Holy Land theme park, Christian comedy clubs, and even Christian pro-wrestling matches to dig out the hairy secrets buried in the kitschy recesses of pop evangelicalism. And he lives to tell about it. And tell about it he does, spilling the embarrassing facts of this $7 billion industry.
But why? In an interview with Christianity Today, Radosh, a humanistic Jew, explains: “Honestly, I did it because a lot of it is quite funny.” But Radosh, who is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and a contributing editor at The Week magazine, was not on a mission to mock or shock. He goes on to explain: “We think about pop culture as something ephemeral and superficial, and I wanted to try to understand how that could be combined with something like faith, which is eternal and deep.” (read the rest)
14. So, I’d like your opinion, what do you think of President Bush’s visit to the Beach Volleyball venue at the Olympics?
15. Whose buying the Democrats’ shell game on abortion? Apparently the “new evangelicals” are.
16. Internet Monk wrote an excellent thesis on Church Membership. Go check it out! Money quote:
I start out here to make a very basic point: Jesus followers who wish to eliminate, reinterpret or reduce the church face the problem that nothing in the New Testament is on their side. Seeing Jesus as the guru of individual Christians, or the church as some kind of accidental fan club that institutionalized a spontaneous spiritual experience, simply cannot be done without doing radical surgery on Jesus himself. A church-less Christianity requires such an edited, reworked Jesus, that the New Testament could no longer be read with any kind of integrity.
17. Dr. Jerome Corsi being interviewed on Hannity & Colmes on his book, The Obama Nation. Specifically discussing Barack Obama’s opposition to the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act while as a state senator.
HT: Jill Stanek
Stanek also mentions in her blog post on this interview and this particular issue:
Frustratingly, none of the 3 were aware of the latest development, revealed by National Right to Life August 11: While Obama has repeatedly said he would have voted for the state Born Alive had it been an exact duplicate of the federally passed bill, the fact is he did vote AGAINST an identical version on March 13, 2003.
Basically, Obama’s rhetoric can not be trusted when it comes to abortion.
18. Mike Sansone offers some great blogging advice that I should probably heed. Though I think there are varying opinions out there; Mike’s contention is that less is more in writing blog posts. He makes a pretty good case.
No real surprises, but some disturbing statistic:
For instance, over 4 in 10 high school students say there is a place near school, but not on school grounds, where kids go to get high.
Four in 10 students say they can get marijuana in less than a day if they want.
Fifteen percent of the teens surveyed have used marijuana.
Overall 4 in 10 teens say drugs are used, kept or sold on school grounds. Two in 10 middle school students said that was the case, and over 6 in 10 high school students.
An interesting side note in 2008 only 58% of teens have frequent family dinners.
The percentage of parents who think it is realistic to expect that teens will not: try marijuana (only 6 in 10 parents), try other illegal drugs (8 in 10), smoke cigarettes (78%), and drink before 21 (47%).
20. A new delightful (please read sarcasm) rap song called, “Kill Bill O’Reilly”. You can listen here (WARNING: explicit lyrics). You know I don’t recall hearing conservative hate songs against liberals, can you?
HT: Michelle Malkin (who has the dubious “honor” of being mentioned in the song).