Monday, January 16, 2006

Actual Debate Taking Place

A SWNID record for number of comments, eighteen currently, has been set on "The Surveillance Double Standard." We thank shadowy poster jpe for prompting the debate and longtime friend jb in ca for weighing in.

Gentle readers should note the difference in rhetorical style demonstrated by jpe versus SWNID and jb in ca. The former is, per himself, a "lawyer" who, by the powers of lawyerly reasoning and attention to facts, understands SWNID to be a "priest" (apparently Episcopalian or Orthodox, as SWNID is permanently and utterly married for over a quarter century). SWNID and jb in ca, on the other hand, are engaged in higher education: the former a Neutestamentler, the latter a philosopher. Hence, jpe appears to cross examine in comments, while SWNID and jb in ca wax didactic.

All participants are suitably arrogant, of course, as fits the tenor of this blog.

We urge gentle readers to follow the link and watch the fur fly. Or even to engage in the debate themselves.

However, as a new week has begun, this the first week of our spring semester, we doubt that we can say much more on the subject. The point is clear enough, in our never-in-doubt opinion. It is time, to borrow a phrase, to "move on."

2 comments:

JB in CA said...

I agree. It was fun while it lasted, though.
By the way, given his (or her?)style of reasoning, jpe reinforces my longstanding belief that present day lawyers are the modern equivalent of ancient sophists. All too often they abandon reason for rhetoric and truth for victory. If that's a fair assessment of jpe--and I hope it's not--too bad. For jpe is clearly gifted as a thinker. And we could definitely use more people who value The Good above the goods.

KevinK said...

"Gentle readers should note the difference in rhetorical style demonstrated by jpe versus SWNID and jb in ca. The former is, per himself, a "lawyer" who, by the powers of lawyerly reasoning and attention to facts, understands SWNID to be a "priest" (apparently Episcopalian or Orthodox, as SWNID is permanently and utterly married for over a quarter century)."

You are "wrong" on this assumption(or at least witholding your knowledege). Ordained Protestants who convert to Catholicism and accpet the call to priesthood remain married.