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Comments on Althouse: "Can I ask you what your favorite commandment is?





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"I had impure thoughts about Art Linlater" At the...

2007-07-30T21:41:00.000-05:00

"I had impure thoughts about Art Linlater" At the time Art Linklater was best known for his interviews with children and his book "Kids Say the Darndest Things". In view of Mia Farrow's allegations about his behaviour with children can this be regarded as a kind of Freudian foreshadowing.



Revenant wrote: "I was, like all people, born with...

2007-07-30T19:19:00.000-05:00

Revenant wrote: "I was, like all people, born with no conception of a god."

I find it remarkable that you can remember the thoughts you were born with! Please, let us know some of the ones you WERE born with, and resolve thousands of years of so-far fruitless philosophical and psychological debate.

Even more remarkable: you know what thoughts EVERYONE ELSE was born with! Staggering; how do you do these tricks?

Odd, too, that every culture ever encountered has ideas of God. If no one was ever born with the idea, how did every culture come to accept it? This is either a paradox or the strongest proof ever presented that God does indeed exist.



Wow...this is a blast from a more humane and civil...

2006-11-05T11:16:00.000-06:00

Wow...this is a blast from a more humane and civilized past. Of course some things were obviously wrong in America and needed to change at the time this was recorded (early 60s, I'm guessing) but, at the same time, it reminds us that our culture has lost something important. Far too many on the right and left (or, more precisely, the religious and secular) look at the other as an enemy on the other side of a battlefield that needs to be destroyed rather than someone they can actually engage in good faith and humor.



I recall a Dick Cavett (remember him?) interview w...

2006-11-05T11:06:00.000-06:00

I recall a Dick Cavett (remember him?) interview with Billy Graham. Cavett was trying to bait him and asked.

"What do you say when you hit your thumb with a hammer"

Graham let the audience snicker for a bit and then deadpanned.

"I say 'ouch'"

A class act, Billy Graham.



What a great find. I would give anything to see a ...

2006-11-05T09:41:00.000-06:00

What a great find. I would give anything to see a debate this respectful on TV today.



I think you are confusing him with someone else; h...

2006-11-05T04:03:00.000-06:00

I think you are confusing him with someone else; he actually coveted his girlfriend's daughter.

She was also the step-sister of some of his own adopted children, though, since he *had* adopted children with Farrow -- just not Previn herself.

He didn't marry his stepdaughter, but it is certainly Jerry Springer material however you look at it. :)



I think you are confusing him with someone else; h...

2006-11-05T03:25:00.000-06:00

I think you are confusing him with someone else; he actually coveted his girlfriend's daughter. Soon-Yi Previn was not adopted by Woody Allen and she stated clearly that she never thought of him as a father figure, that she already had a father.

(I realize "Woody married his adopted daughter!!!" is so deeply embedded in the conventional wisdom at this point that this post is fairly pointless, though. I also would like to mention that there is something wrong with breaking up with your girlfriend and then taking up with her daughter, but it is not the same wrong thing as taking up with your adopted/step/psychological daughter.)



What's this about Woody coveting his neighbor? Did...

2006-11-04T22:55:00.000-06:00

What's this about Woody coveting his neighbor? Didn't he covet his adopted step-daughter and then marry her? Or am I confusing him with someone else?



Woody isn't the kind of guy to covet his neighbors...

2006-11-04T22:14:00.000-06:00

Woody isn't the kind of guy to covet his neighbors. I would go so far as to say that he definitely would not covet a neighbor.

His neighbors' neighbors, however--Woody might covet those.



Forget my last question. I now see that it was an...

2006-11-04T20:49:00.000-06:00

Forget my last question. I now see that it was answered in the thread.



By the way, does anyone know what show that was fr...

2006-11-04T20:42:00.000-06:00

By the way, does anyone know what show that was from? Did Woody Allen have a talk show or was he guest-hosting for someone?



Johnstodderinexile said: "Wow. A conversation betw...

2006-11-04T20:38:00.000-06:00

Johnstodderinexile said: "Wow. A conversation between two intelligent people who fundamentally disagree...Did this take place on Mars?"

I was thinking exactly the same thing. Is it me, or was that clip utterly delightful and refreshing and sort of sad because something like that is almost unimaginable now?




2006-11-04T17:23:00.000-06:00

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Wow. A conversation between two intelligent peopl...

2006-11-04T17:08:00.000-06:00

Wow. A conversation between two intelligent people who fundamentally disagree...who let each other finish sentences, who show their most charming side to each other and the viewers, who aren't speaking from a sheet of talking points, who use actual wit to make their points rather than grim, cynical, insults, who don't use Google to play 'gotcha'...

Did this take place on Mars? I just don't recognize the form of this "interview" at all.



A conversation from a bygone era...I'd like also t...

2006-11-04T15:00:00.000-06:00

A conversation from a bygone era...I'd like also to put in a good word for the nonpartisan audience, which was respectful of both men and appreciative of their wisdom and wit, regardless of who was zinging whom.

I enjoy watching Bill Maher and John Stewart, but the tiresome aspect of their shows is the raucous cheering that erupts when a certain point of view is enunciated and the dead silence or hissing that greets the other side's arguments.




2006-11-04T13:08:00.000-06:00

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I would've pegged Woody more of a coveting his nei...

2006-11-04T12:44:00.000-06:00

I would've pegged Woody more of a coveting his neighbor's wife kind of guy myself.

No, that'd be his neighbor's daughter. Charming indeed.



Glenn Reynolds is correct - this is riveting and I...

2006-11-04T11:59:00.000-06:00

Glenn Reynolds is correct - this is riveting and I was sorry to see it end. Respectful, humorous and even affectionate debate. What a concept!

Very classy. I'm not an Allen fan, and I still came away liking him.



It's nice to see that two people who disagree on s...

2006-11-04T11:56:00.000-06:00

It's nice to see that two people who disagree on some very fundamental issues can be both entertaining and civil.



JAC's last remark: BG never says he is perfect or ...

2006-11-04T11:51:00.000-06:00

JAC's last remark: BG never says he is perfect or denies sinning -- that would be blasphemy.

I was responding to Bongo, not Billy Graham. Anyway, you're taking me too literally.



"Two people who are sincere in their disagreement ...

2006-11-04T11:03:00.000-06:00

"Two people who are sincere in their disagreement but are not vitriolic. They actually seemed to enjoy one another's company." WisJoe


I agree. That was delightful to watch. And if there is a point to be made by all of this, what you said above gets it just right.

And I would like to make a call for MORE STUFF LIKE THIS.

MORE STUFF from that period of time before Sesame Street and MTV wrapped everything up in five seconds or less.

This kind of thing is a Head Trip for my generation. It shatters the "I told you so" moment.

Sad that some people have missed the point here: Judge not, lest ye be judged.



You mean: Most of the people I know who display th...

2006-11-04T10:41:00.000-06:00

You mean: Most of the people I know who display their atheism also display and intense interest in religion.

No, that's not what I mean. I used to be an evangelical atheist. I would work actively to find out people's religious beliefs. When I would find out about some quiet person's atheism, it would instantly turn into a private camaraderie between us. I've never had more frequent religious discussions than I had with my various atheist friends, many of whom never displayed their atheism apart from other atheists and some only displaying it there after prodding.

I wouldn't dispute that there are atheists in church pews, though I would guess that most of them are actually agnostics.



It's fun, but nothing more than facile enteratinme...

2006-11-04T10:34:00.000-06:00

It's fun, but nothing more than facile enteratinment. One can see the questions and answers coming a mile away, and there's little or no nuance. And, alas, a serious theologian would have serious disagreements with Graham's 'pop Christianity'. Allen is, of course, just playing for laughs, and Graham knows a chance to expand his audience when he sees one. Probably no harm done, but no ground broken, either.



All I saw at the metafilter link was a rather unwi...

2006-11-04T10:26:00.000-06:00

All I saw at the metafilter link was a rather unwise statement he made to Nixon thirty years ago. Given Graham's staunch anti-communist beliefs then, it's not too surprising. I suspect it was more out of saying what Nixon wanted to hear, rather than a considered comment, but that doesn't make it any better.

Of course Graham isn't perfect. That's the whole point of his message really. He's not perfect, you're not perfect, I'm not perfect. We're sinners in need of a lot of grace to make up for our lack.

But if, after 50 years in the spotlight, a comment made to Nixon thirty years ago is the sign of Graham's wickedness, I figure he's a lot closer to being perfect than most of us.



I loved this clip! I wonder what other wonders exi...

2006-11-04T09:58:00.000-06:00

I loved this clip! I wonder what other wonders exist in the talk show archives...

3 points:

1) WA's least favorite commandment is probably not a 60's thing--he's never shown much shared identity with that--but part of his standard neurotic Jewish child schtick.

2) The question about religion is not simply answered by, "no," even should that prove correct, but why it is and what it is. Religion is the repository of human wisdom, flawed, wrong, or even evil. Even atheists appeal to religious morality to disprove religion, condeming it on grounds such as causing "evil" or repressing "free will," two concepts that make no sense in an atheistic universe.

3) Re JAC's last remark: BG never says he is perfect or denies sinning -- that would be blasphemy.