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links for 2007-12-07

Circular Firing Squad of Flying Wingnut Attack Monkeys Do Theology!!

First, David Frum denies the canonicity of Job. For Frum writes:

David Frum's Diary on National Review Online: That Dog Won't Hunt: Sorry to dissent from my colleagues on the Corner.... To be blunt, Romney is saying:

It is legitimate to ask a candidate, "Is Jesus the son of God?"

But it is illegitimate to ask a candidate, "Is Jesus the brother of Lucifer?"

It is hard for me to see a principled difference between these two questions, and I think on reflection that the audiences to whom Romney is trying to appeal will also fail to see such a difference...

And the Mormon belief that Jesus and Lucifer are "brothers of the spirit" does come originally from Job, which places Satan among the sons of God:

Job 1:6: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them...

Second, Gregg Easterbrook falls down and worships the false god Metatron:

Easterbrook writes:

ESPN Page 2 - TMQ: BCS Madness!: Meanwhile, TMQ asked in August whether the three Golden Compass books would carry their very strong anti-Christian view onto the silver screen -- the first big-budget installment opens this week. In the Golden Compass trilogy, God is both a fraud (a space alien pretending to be divine!) and the source of every evil in the universe; Christianity is "a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all"; God has created not heaven but hell and sends all souls, even those of the righteous, to hell; Christian churches are run by corrupt power-mad conspirators whose goal is to abolish pleasure in life; the quest of the astonishingly competent English schoolgirl who is the trilogy's heroine is to locate ancient magical objects that will allow her to kill God and free the world from religion...

Very curious--but not surprising--that Gregg Easterbrook thinks that a literary creation that is a bad guy pretending to be God actually is Α-Ω.