Category Archives: Dysrationalia

The Rise of the Dubious “Imagers” Doctrine

What would be the point in being Line Leader if everyone else were Line Leader, too? Credit.

Regarding this verse:

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27. NIV

I have explained at length (here) what I think this passage means. But I have witnessed in the last decade or so an emerging camp who prefer to read into this passage the idea that God created man to be his “imager“. That is, his “representative”. And it appears from their usage of such language that the camps who use it have quite got the “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:18-20 in mind.

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Our Man Falters at the Fork

Fork In the Road for Brunslow. Credit.

A man walks the road of life,
Caring as he cares along the way
And doing as he does—
And enjoying the routine
As he may.

And if he walks long enough, he will
Surely come to a dilemma of the sort
Where the road will not go where he wants,
And stubbornly presents two undesirable options—

The one being that some certain problem
In this world cannot be solved without
The inspiring and organizing of many people
To pull together in the same direction—

And the other being that he has
Chanced upon a problem that
Simply cannot be solved at all,
And must rather be endured.

And this is the fork at which
It’s sometimes hard to tell
Which of these two distasteful ideas
A person will have a harder
Time accepting.

And being like so many others,
Our man falters at the fork,
Not liking either option of the two,
And choosing instead the surprising third—

Which is to march in place,
Still caring as he cares
And doing as he does—
As if expecting that some better option
Should soon present itself—
And until then,
Counting his caring
And his doing
As his proper duty—
And his marching in place
As progress.

The Nature of Us That Most Do Not Want to See

Detail of the globular cluster Messier 92 (M92) captured by Webb’s NIRCam instrument.
Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

Funny how we can learn so very much
About the nature of things
While ignoring so very much
About the nature of us!

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You Need Me To Be Wrong

Beuckelaer’s Girl with a basket of eggs. Credit.

Having considered your position and your circumstances,
I perceive that you need me to be wrong about this.
And suddenly, it makes sense why you are so concerned
With peripheral matters, such as my tone or my spelling,
Or my motives—or whether there may be some discoverable
Moral fault with me.

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