Thursday, January 19, 2006

Christian Carnival CV (105) is up

at Dunmoose the Ageless. Dunmoose's introduction

Welcome to the Christian Carnival, hosted here by Dunmoose the Ageless. I am Brother URL, and I will be your guide. The theme this time around will be the Rule of St. Benedict.

The Rule is arguably the second most influential book in the history of western civilization, behind only the Bible itself. There are hundreds of editions and translations available, and literally thousands of commentaries. It has a torturously convoluted textual history and, as a result, the closest there is to a Critical Edition is RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in Latin and English with Notes. There are several sections to the Rule. Just for fun, I thought I would try to associate each entry in this week's Carnival with the different sections of the Rule. It consists of a prologue and 73 chapters.

The Prologue presents Jesus' call to to the specialized life of monastic life. Light along the Journey presents What it takes to Follow Jesus. This speaks of the more general calling that all Christians have; to holiness, obedience, humility, and "metanoia".

About Christian Carnival:
Contributing a Post to the Christian Carnival

The Christian Carnival is open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this Carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought.

Posts need not be of a theological topic. Posts about home life, politics, or current events, for example, written from a Christian worldview are welcome.

Update: As the goal of this Carnival is to highlight Christian thought in the blogosphere, entries will be limited to blogs that share that goal. Blogs with content that is focused on a business, that has potentially offensive material Christians may not want to link to on their sites, or has no reference to distinctively Christian thought may not be included in this Carnival. There are other Carnivals that would be a more appropriate venue for that material. I realize that this will be a judgment call on the part of the Carnival administrator, and being human she may make mistakes. However, as the Christian Carnival is getting quite large, and it is sometimes questionable whether the entrants are seeking to promote Christian thought, I find this necessary.

Update: We also expect a level of discourse that is suitable for a Christian showcase. Thus entries may be refused if they engage in name-calling, ad hominem attacks, offensive language, or for any similar reason as judged by the administrator.

So, if you have a post in this framework - go here to find out more: Christian Carnival info.

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How to debate charitably (rules are links to more description of rule):
1. The Golden Rule
2. You cannot read minds
3. People are not evil
4. Debates are not for winning
5. You make mistakes
6. Not everyone cares as much as you
7. Engaging is hard work
8. Differences can be subtle
9. Give up quietly