Overheard (v. 10)Overheard — By Joe Carter on December 1, 2006 at 1:35 am
This idea that Christians are just as likely to divorce as secular folks is not correct if we factor church attendance into our thinking. Churchgoing evangelical Protestants, churchgoing Catholics, and churchgoing mainline Protestants are all significantly less likely to divorce.
— Brad Wilcox, a sociologist, clarifying a much believed myth about Christians and divorce.
Facing the Giants from any serious perspective is a fantasy film. Its message is very dangerous for Christians, and scandalous for pagans. Adult Evangelical Christians watching Facing the Giants is like sex addicts watching the Spice Channel.
If you still, frequently, have to explain to people the difference between emergENT and emergeING, perhaps you need to pick a new moniker. I still don’t know what the difference is. And I’ve never quite figured out what they are “emerging” from. And do you ever quit emerging? Lots of things emerge, but they eventually stop emerging, right (once fully emerged, I mean)? Will the movement change its name to “Emerged” when it’s done? And is this the first movement to have a participle for a name?
— Bill from The Thinklings, explaining his difficulty with “emergispeak.”
Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road…I know it is not politically correct to say this but I’ve been torn for years between my politics and what science is telling us. I believe women actually perceive the world differently from men.
— Dr. Luan Brizendine, a female psychiatrist who claims that inherent differences between the male and female brain explain why women are naturally more talkative than men.
“He’s not a typical politician. He really has deep convictions.”
Washington has a way of quickly acculturating people, especially those who are most susceptible to derangement by the derivative dignity of office. But Jim Webb, Democratic senator-elect from Virginia, has become a pompous poseur and an abuser of the English language before actually becoming a senator.
— George Will, lambasting Webb for remarks he’s made since the election.
I’m disgusted with the American people, who allow themselves to be swayed by idiotic comparisons such as the fact that we’ve been in Iraq for as long as we fought World War II. We lost more than 400,000 men in World War II, and fewer than 3,000 in the present war. But you would have those men and women die in vain. You would desert the Iraqi people the same way we deserted the South Vietnamese. You think that any loss of American prestige that would come about as a result of a pullout is a minor detail, as if American prestige is some kind of international keeping up with the Joneses.
American prestige is no small thing. Loss of American prestige as a result of Vietnam, the Iran hostage crisis, Somalia and the bombing of the US Embassy in Lebanon emboldened Osama bin Laden to bomb the World Trade Center. Loss of American prestige gives Kim Jong Il the idea that he can test his nukes with impunity. Loss of American prestige tells the mullahs in Iran that no one and nothing can stop them from acquiring nukes and arming Hezbollah and Hamas.
When it gets to the point where I know I’m going to have sex two hours before I actually have it, I will be too old to have babies.
— Sam, a 24-year-old administrative assistant, explaining why he wouldn’t take a male contraceptive pill.