Today I received an email under this header:
You once had long, hard erections. What has happened to you?
I thought this was the funniest email I had ever received. I guess the loss of a perpetual erection has really changed my character. To any of you who have been offended by my omnipotence, I truly apologize and I sincerely plead with you that I am the same old Daniel you know and love.
The other thing I love about this email is that the sender appears genuinely concerned, as if there is a sense of urgency and this friend is somehow performing an intervention so that I might live a healthy, productive life.
We have such a sex-crazed society… it is really so sad.
On a more worthwhile note, I am reading a wonderful book on the atonement called
Boersma is a Reformed theologian who is trying to integrate the three main views of the atonement ( Moral- Influence, Christus Victor, and Substitutionary Atonement) into one whole framework. What is most interesting are Boersma’s challenges and responses to contemporary scholars. He challenges postmodern philosophers Derrida and Levinas in light of their views on hospitality, and he takes on Girard’s view of mimetic desire and scapegoating in light of traditional readings of the Gospels. Having taken some course work in religious violence, Boersma’s work (in relation to Girard) is exciting and important so that a traditional narrative of the atonement of Christ is still set forth. If you have the chance, buy this book!!!