Abductive Columns

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Kiss the Soil

From Rome to Huntington, West Virginia: destination complete. Now I’m attempting to catch up on my hundreds of emails (Italy is WiFi illiterate, so I resorted to jumping into a Internet Café when I arrived in Rome on the last leg of my journey), on the hundreds of pieces of snail mail, and all the things that didn’t get done while gone for 2 weeks (which my son promised he would do but didn’t find time to do?)

I spent the drive back from Atlanta on XM Radio catching up on the news. I found George Ws’ News Conference to be an interesting expression and contrast between what he knows about this world and what we don’t. I didn’t hear him say that Congress should create an exception for the CIA from the rules of the Geneva Convention. But what I did hear him say was that Congress needs to define specifically what is permissible

Listen, I don’t know what could be called the right direction in the war on terror. I have friends who are self-described pacifist and I’ve listened to them. I know Brian McLaren’s viewpoint and I familiar with the just war theory. I guess you could say I’m totally confused … primarily because I’m not privy to the daily info the President receives in his briefings on the state of the current world. But I do know this. Whoever leads this country must protect it from the evils and danger that lurk within and close to our shores. Otherwise we’re toast.

Italy was great, the history, the art, but especially the food. More later.


At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your problem in determining what your stance should be is because your loyalties are divided between Saviour and country.

Christians are pilgrims and wanderers, and claim no country besides Heaven. There is NO Christian excuse for nationalism, meaning all men are your neighbors. Killing them definitely goes against the list of acceptable behaviours, neighbor-wise.

When you con yourself into ideas like a just war, or that some violence is necessary to preserve the safety of the nation, you counter every Biblical principle. It's not a popular position, but it's the Biblical one. If you can justify nationalism for yourself, you may as well justify anything your heart desires.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Fred Peatross said...

Within kingdom boundaries our acceptance of each other is not predicated on whether I'm a pacifist or a proponent of the Just War Theory (St. Augustine was the originator of the Just War Theory). We do this on the basis of who we are, not on the basis of a position (because we’re fallible). I esteem the pacifist position. Yet I know there other good men who believe the just war position as adamantly as you believe in the pacifist position.

How do you practice alms and benevolence when someone is about to separate your head from your neck? You do what the martyrs did 2000 years ago; die for Christ. The time may come. If it does, it will certainly weed out the Christ-follower from the pew sitter.

* God in the Old Testament "many times ordered or approved of war, as can be seen from Exodus and following books in numerous places." In the New Testament a centurion was praised by Our Lord. (Matt. 8:10) Our Lord used physical force against those doing evil. (Jn. 2:15) Cornelius a centurion is called a devout and God-fearing man. (Acts 10,2) St. Paul praises warriors in the Old Testament such as Gideon, Barac, Samson, etc. (Heb. 11: 32-34) All these passages are seem to be examples of God condoning war.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Fred Peatross said...

Received this via from a subscriber:

The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000, or 20% of the world population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:


1988 - Najib Mahfooz


1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1994 - Yaser Arafat:
1990 - Elias James Corey
1999 - Ahmed Zewa




1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
1998 - Ferid Mourad


The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000, or about 0.02% of the world population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:


1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer World


1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin


1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - William Howard Stein
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1979 - Herbert Charle s Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Roald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1989 - Sidney Altman
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1995 - Martin Perl
2000 - Alan J. Heeger


1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 - Robert Fogel


1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abra ham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Jul ius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1995 - Edward B. Lewis

The Jews are not promoting brain washing the children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims.

Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics.

Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel's part, the following two sentences really say it all:

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.

If the Jewish put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Josh Woods said...

Fred, I appreciate your humility in admitting you "don't know what could be called the right direction in the war on terror." I'm with you. While I cringe at the idea of taking human life, I also understand the necessity of such action in some situations. Is the War on Terror one of those situations? I don't know. I can form opinions based on news reports, but I still don't know everything involved in the president's decisions. The best I can do in my position is to pray for the wisdom of our leaders.

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Lee Hodges said...

Fred, thanks for sharing the info. from the subscriber. The words of Jesus rang in my ears as I read it, "You will know them by their fruit."


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