Reepicheep and King David

Some time ago I blogged on Planet Narnia , a fascinating and truly thick book of literary criticism which argued that the seven Chronicles of Narnia are each organized around themes suggested by the medieval (and even more ancient) myths which rose up around the seven planets.

Here’s my own modest literary critical contention, reinforced after a recent read through 1 and 2 Samuel: Reepicheep is King David.

Who but King David had the almost shocking gallantry (and holy bravado!) of Reepicheep? King David cuts off a portion of the robe of the man who is trying to murder him—and he feels guilty for violating the honor due the Lord’s anointed… even though he’s the Lord’s anointed, too! And he kills the man who admits he helped Saul commit suicide. Likewise Reepicheep is ready to fight to the death anyone who would insult the honor of Queen Lucy.

Who but King David has such sweet, passionate, adventurous, and even martial love for the Lord—the same love that led Reepicheep to sail his punt off the edge of the world?

Reepicheep is King David.

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Powerful Evidence

The Wall Street Journal just last Friday published an article by Donna Freitas which makes my heart hurt for the kids I play ultimate frisbee with at Furman and other area schools.

Freitas presents more evidence that the sexual revolution has brought the consequences that sin brings in God’s economy. I and my fiancée live in a fantasy land that many of these kids can only dream of—and do in fact wish for.

Says Freitas:

After conducting a national college survey of over 2,500 students, I found that among those who reported “hooking up”—a range of sexually intimate acts, from kissing to intercourse, that occur outside a committed relationship—at Catholic and nonreligious private and public colleges and universities, 41% are profoundly upset about their behavior. The 22% of respondents who chose to describe a hook-up experience (the question was optional) used words like “dirty,” “used,” “regretful,” “empty,” “miserable,” “disgusted,” “ashamed,” “duped” and “abused” in their answers. An additional 23% expressed ambivalence about hooking up, and the remaining 36% were more or less “fine” with it. And 45% of students at Catholic and 36% at nonreligious private and public schools say that their peers are too casual about sex. Not a single person at these schools said that their peers valued saving sex for marriage, and only 7% said that they felt that their friends wanted to reserve sex for committed, loving relationships.

Freitas’ students even liked Josh Harris!

The class was equally attracted to some evangelical dating manuals, like “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris and “Real Sex” by Lauren Winner, that I asked them to read. They seemed shocked that somewhere in America there are entire communities of people their age who really do “save themselves” until marriage, who engage in old-fashioned dating with flowers and dinner and maybe a kiss goodnight.

Google Books as a Kind of Libronix

You can now search my library, or a lot of it. Or kind of some of it.

At Google Books You can see 483 of the books in my library, but remember that some of them I would never have purchased separately; they just came with Logos Scholar’s Gold and I’ve cataloged them. I haven’t cataloged all my books, just the ones whose ISBNs I already had on hand in another list.

Google Books. It’s a neat, free, organizer. You should try it.

You can search the content of some of my books, the ones that Google has digitized. That’s pretty handy.

And if you use Firefox’s keyword search feature (which I use, no exaggeration, probably 500 times per day) you can just type “ml carson” and find all the books in your library by D.A. Carson. Only Google does seem to have a bit of trouble with this. I type “ml berg” (for Jim Berg’s books) and I get An Introduction to Hebrew Syntax. I’m sure they’ll work on that.

Shooting Death on the Street Where I’ve Picked Up Kids Many Times

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E 8th St in Greenville is close to my church. I’ve picked up and dropped off kids there many times.

Two nights ago there was a shooting death on that street.

I’m nearly certain that the deceased and the shooter (who police say may likely have been acting in self defense) were a few years ago just like the kids that I’ve been working with every week for the last 8 years. This could be Jonathan or Freddy or Robert or Randy or Micah or Craig or even Michael.

Sin really messes things up; the neighborhoods around my church just let it be seen a little more obviously than other areas do. The pull on these kids to do wrong is just amazing. Sin blights. It blinds.

“You who love the Lord, hate evil!”

Follow-up on BT and ST from Ken Casillas, Ph.D.

I liked these comments on Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology (following my post on the topic) from Dr. Ken Casillas, BJU Seminary faculty and pastor of Cleveland Park Bible Church. I asked if I could excerpt them on my blog:

[Carl Trueman’s] point about ST assumptions regarding the canon, etc., is one I regularly bring up to defend the validity and necessity of ST. Nobody is purely a biblicist. Our “beef” against ST is more along these lines:

  1. Be increasingly tentative the further away you are removed from the text.
  2. Watch against your ST contradicting or illegitimately redefining exegesis/BT.
  3. Distinguish between text-driven ST and logic-driven ST.