And on the Subject of Lying. . .

3 12 2008

which Spunky is on about this week, I found two Culture Kitchen columns about that, too, from ’06.

“Abuse of Belief”:

Now comes the titillating and, one supposes, quite predictable reverse play, the
crowning glory of the news and belief cycle (whoops, not to be redundant!) — historical Christianity itself challenged as fraud, with the courts as the objective Standard of Truth.

It’s being called “abuse of popular belief” by the plaintiff. [In Italian, “Abuso di Credulita Popolare” laws are meant to protect people against being swindled or conned.]
Can we even call these stories about the stories actual news — or is it closer to sensationalized fiction in service of larger redemptive “truth?” Words seldom fail me, let’s see, where’s the connected Power of Story in all this . . . yeah, “abuse of popular belief” is a keeper.

I think it’s time we add it to our mandatory graduation standards — if we can find anyone qualified to teach the course.

and the one I’m sending to Spunky, “Abuse of Belief Junior, the Home Game”:

I commented that moms understand how children construct meaning that is both truth and lie, or to be more accurate, meaning for which the labels “truth” or “lie” have little or no meaning! . . .just ask a child who ate the last cookie, or why his dog suddenly has a bald patch and where are the scissors?! The answers will depend Read the rest of this entry »


New Walks, New Talks for Homeschool Politics

3 12 2008

Prompted by Dana’s new conversation about liberal and conservative homeschool politics, I dug out some classics from Culture Kitchen, written when I began trying to transcend the differences from outside rather than inside the snake pit — yes, that’s what it felt like to me, maybe you’ve been in homeschool “discussion” like that too?

The idea I’ve always had is to get all sides focused on the individual education again, instead of fighting over institutional school. To do it, I try to offer the power of story in the native language of the audience.

See New Walks, New Talks: Tetrapods and the Gospel of Judas, for example.

Jesus brought no political message or program.

This is a truth that needs emphasis at a time when some Democrats, fearing that the Republicans have advanced over them by the use of religion, want to respond with a claim that Jesus is really on their side. He is not. He avoided those who would trap him into taking sides for or against the Roman occupation of Judea. He paid his taxes to the occupying power but said only, Read the rest of this entry »