Controversy Roundup

What a crazy week! And by crazy, I mean, no one outside of a few bloggers noticed any of these happenings.

First off, Neil deGrasse Tyson got promoted to the rank of ‘ideologically driven, ignorant hack and a tool’, with some lovely remarks about philosophy (I’m unable to use hyperlinks for some reason, so I gotta go with old-fashioned links:

http://scientiasalon.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/neil-degrasse-tyson-and-the-value-of-philosophy/

The responses haven’t been harsh enough. My own feelings should be rather clear on this particular topic.

 

First Things incurred the wrath of at least a quarter-dozen Barth readers with this piece:

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/06/karl-barths-failure

While FT isn’t an academic journal, it is a pretty subpar article. The conclusion is merely asserted, not demonstrated, and that’s just bad form.

 

My personal favourite for this week: Tim Challies, Reformed blogger extraordinaire, has been doing a series on ‘false teachers’ on his blog: Pope Francis, Marcus Borg, Benny Hinn, Schliermacher and many others all earn the distinction of ‘false teacher’. Β But this week, his article on Therese of Avila seemed to have some plagiarism going on:

Here’s Challies’ article:

http://www.challies.com/articles/the-false-teachers-teresa-of-avila (the initial note of his plagiarizing is the first comment)

and here’s the post by one of the commentators who called him on his liberal use of Wikipedia:

http://reflectionandchoice.org/2014/05/15/having-standards-makes-you-a-troll/

Challies has, as of my last view of his blog, closed down comments on that particular article. Expect to see St. Peter, Mr. Rogers, Obi-Wan-Kenobi, Barney, Cesar Milan and your highschool geography teacher on his list of false teachers.

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2 thoughts on “Controversy Roundup

  1. Kevin Davis May 16, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    Ha, I did not even notice the Challies bit. I stopped subscribing to his blog about a year ago, because I was exasperated by the endless TGC hyperlinking. I already subscribe to the TGC blogs, so I don’t need a mere popularizer crowding my feeds. So, now he is actually attempting some substantial posts, but apparently they are just simplistic musings after a 20 minute internet search. I could have predicted that.

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  2. whitefrozen May 16, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Yeah, I was pretty disappointed by this series. Some of the content sounds like whatever you’ve heard and remembered about any given teacher – honestly, you or I could probably recite from memory the stuff he’s written. No real engagement. Too bad, because he’s an excellent writer.

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