Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Athens is burning

From Contra Celsum (yes, really) , the blog where "Jerusalem and Athens are in irreconcilable conflict:"
We declare publicly that in our family we follow a policy of using smacking as a method of discipline of our children; we do it systematically and regularly and in a disciplined fashion; and we use it on those occasions when our children engage wilfully in repeated acts of disobedience, dishonesty, or disrespect.
It's not working then, is it? If you have to do the punishment thing systematically and regularly, then it clearly is not a very effective way of dealing with the problem.

Anyway, how can Athens and Jerusalem be in conflict? The very notion of the immortal soul comes from the Greeks (Plato: awful prig but had a way with words) and the New Testament is Hellenised through and through. Anyone who says otherwise deserves a good thrashing; because that is how problems are solved, with violence.

8 comments:

Lyndon said...

So the wildfires in Athens are a judgment on John Key?

Paul said...

Your guess is as good as mine. Just bear in mind that God moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform.

And those Athenian bastards were asking for it.

George said...

Helenised, but then Romanised. Rome has always been at war with Greece, I'm sure.

Uroskin said...

Not completely Hellenized (heaven forbid a Bible, Helen Clark version): the Romans were as appalled as St Paul was about the "unspeakable vice of the Greeks"

ZenTiger said...

It's not working then, is it? If you have to do the punishment thing systematically and regularly, then it clearly is not a very effective way of dealing with the problem.

And of course, the parent who only uses "positive parenting" does it once, and the child is good for ever.

I suspect you will find the statement is more for effect than indicating the actual frequency. Although, just like the Police and CYF, perhaps your tendency on this issue is to "assume the worst", which is potentially the problem with the law as it stands.

Because when you "assume the worst", even in the absence of evidence to the contrary such people can do a lot of damage to good families.

Lyndon said...

just like the Police and CYF, perhaps your tendency on this issue is to "assume the worst"

A failing from which, judging by that statement, you are entirely free.

[Useful word verfication: ingistor - a really screwed up instigator]

ZenTiger said...

Exactly Lyndon. That does indeed explain why I used the word "perhaps"

Anonymous said...

Uroskin:
Really?! What about the ribald remarks about Caesar's relationship with the King of Bythnia, Mark Anthony's drag routine and relationship with an elderly matronly Roman drag queen,
Hadrian and Antinous, etc?

Craig Y