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Reverse psychology, sort of — with an apocalyptic vengeance

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — negative hope in light of an eventual (hoped for) positive outcome ]


The particulars here have to do with the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, but what interests me is the combination of eschatological expectation and the wish for the world to “slide from bad to worse” morally speaking..

Baptist pastor Clint Arthur:

It isn’t easy for Christians to identify a silver lining to Friday’s ruling that is worth celebration; unless you’re a premillennialist.

Whereas postmillennialism believes that Christ will return to earth when the gospel has triumphed over unbelief and conquered the globe, premillennialists aren’t holding their breath. Premills teach that the world will slide from bad to worse until it is so irrecoverably bad that only Jesus can fix it. That will be his cue to return and establish a rule of peace, righteousness, and sanity in the courts.

So, it is on days like this that I read with relish passages that others may dismiss as pessimistic. I prefer to see regress in society as a welcome sign that the Bible is accurate, and that Jesus is coming soon.

From both “rhetorical pattern” and “eschatological studies” points of view, that’s quite something to ponder.


Friday, June 26th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — Ali Soufan and Maajid Nawaz ]

Back to back in my Twitter feed early today — a DoubleTweet:

Pandora’s box, bottled by Klein

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — a graphical analog to the inside outside koan ]

Thinking one’s way inside that demmed box…

8-cell tesseract

What’s even “inside”?

Eppur si muove! Or not?

I suppose this can be today’s Sunday Surprise.



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  • Egypt, ex-professors, death sentences, strange loops

    Saturday, May 16th, 2015

    [by Charles Cameron — hunh? ]


    The Mufti must sign the death warrant of the man who appointed him. The professor who worked on authoritarianism in Egypt is sentenced to death by Egyptian authoritarianism. Strange loops indeed, Dr Hofstadter!

    Dr Shahin has responded: Statement by Prof. Emad Shahin on his death sentence:

    In another travesty of justice, an Egyptian court today issued a mass death sentence against more than 120 defendants in two cases known as the “Grand Espionage” and “Prisons Break.” I was falsely charged in the first case and I received the death sentence pending referral to the mufti. I repeat my absolute rejection of the charges against me and note that I am hardly the only victim of injustice in this case. Furthermore, I condemn the sham trials engulfing Egypt since July 2013 where wholesale death sentences on flimsy or no evidence have been the mark of the current military regime.

    The paradoxical roles of luxury cars in the lives of the women of IS

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — not particularly anxious to own a BMW — but did I once win a Rolls for a night of Bach at the Hollywood Bowl ]



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