Americananity

GenevaBibleRevisedBlackLeatherLrg.1__47984.1291496242.1280.1280A website called The Patriot Report (subtitled Supplies for the Conservative Revolution) is currently advertising a 1599 Geneva Bible, buy one get one free for $49.99. It looks like an attractive enough product, and if it’s an exact reproduction of the 1599 Geneva Bible it’s worth having. There’s no disputing the historical significance of this specific English edition of the Bible. I don’t think I would pay the full price of $69.99 for any bonded leather Bible, or even the regular sale price of $49.99, because bonded leather is very cheap and falls apart in pieces over time, but around $25.00 isn’t too bad a deal.

What interests me is how this website is marketing this product. Consider this language from the final paragraph of the ad page:

For nearly half a century these notes helped the people of England, Scotland, and Ireland understand the Bible and true liberty. King James despised the Geneva Bible because he considered the notes on key political texts to be seditious and a threat to his authority. Unlike the King James Version, the Geneva Bible was not authorized by the government. It was truly a Bible by the people and for the people.

The final and strongest selling points for this Bible reside in the political circumstances of its production: it’s not enough that it is, presumably, the Word of God. The Geneva Bible is a better Word of God than that Other Word of God, the King James Bible (which used to be the fetish of far-right Christians who insisted that if “the King James Bible was good enough for Paul, it’s good enough for me”), because the Geneva Bible is an anti-monarchical and anti-government Bible. It’s a better Bible because it

1. Threatened the authority of King James, and

2. Was not authorized by the government — so presumably the King James Bible is actually now a socialist, big government, left wing Bible.

There really isn’t a better illustration of how even the Bible itself is subordinate to correct politics within American right wing Christianity — particularly the far right  — which leads me to think that American right wing Christianity has essentially become an anti-Christian cult in which Christ is a marginalized figure upon which right wing ideology is hung, and the Bible is only useful to the extent that it can support this state of affairs. I think we should rename this new religion Americananity. . .

“As colleges begin using massive open online courses (MOOC) to reduce faculty costs, a Johns Hopkins University professor has announced plans for MOOA (massive open online administrations)” (funny ironic short article)

Ha…

Punkonomics (@DearBalak)

Forget MOOCs–Let’s Use MOOA.

By Benjamin Ginsberg

As colleges begin using massive open online courses (MOOC) to reduce faculty costs, a Johns Hopkins University professor has announced plans for MOOA (massive open online administrations). Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg, author of The Fall of the Faculty, says that many colleges and universities face the same administrative issues every day. By having one experienced group of administrators make decisions for hundreds of campuses simultaneously, MOOA would help address these problems expeditiously and economically. Since MOOA would allow colleges to dispense with most of their own administrators, it would generate substantial cost savings in higher education.

“Studies show that about 30 percent of the cost increases in higher education over the past twenty-five years have been the result of administrative growth,” Ginsberg noted. He suggested that MOOA can reverse this spending growth.  “Currently, hundreds, even thousands, of vice provosts and assistant deans attend…

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How Does Literature Mean?

Stamps in a Used Book

Latest video lecture about how to read literature…

Music by Zoe Keating.

If you enjoyed this video, you also may enjoy reading Cassie Falke’s “Love and Reading” in the Fall 2012 issue of Integrite. It starts on p. 12.

On June 26th this video was further edited to slow down some text transitions and to add a section on individual readers’ responses to literature. Total video length is just over 5 minutes.

TED Talk on Divergent Thinking and Modern Education…

imagesIt’s all about how many different ways that you can think about the same thing… and how our modern educational system discourages that kind of thinking.

Definitely worth watching.

Remembering how much I love my country…

bill_of_rights_630You know, when I read things like this

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

— I’m proud of the people who fought for this country’s independence, and I’m proud to be a U.S. citizen.

When I read things like this

“The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order issued in April, according to a report Wednesday evening in the Guardian newspaper” —

I can’t help but wonder what happened to us.

Our votes still matter, you know. If they didn’t, the GOP and the Democrats combined would not have spent about $6 billion trying to convince you to vote for them.

We have the power to act. Let’s use it. Send a message. Vote for any third party candidate in 2014. Risk throwing away your vote.

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