As a Calvinist myself, I like it! It isn't really overly insulting, it is just stating what we are rather then 'correcting it' in a sense that you are belittling it. So while it is a joke in the sense, it is one we can laugh at ourselves.
"What is choice yet something that is predetermined by your past which you cannot choose?" (quoting myself fyi)
Can't say I do, more of the thinker type then the research/learner type (even though I do like to research/learn, I'd say I do more actual thinking about what I read/learn then actual reading or learning), however, since I am not purely based on my own thinking, (of course, one without the other is pointless, learning without thinking is a robot and thinking without learning... you'd know nothing) I will take the time to read up on those you mentioned.
So thanks for the names, will look them up, see what those guys are about.
Even weirder is when he speaks and people act like he's freakin' Elvis. I mean yeah, sure, there are plenty of politicians I love, but I wouldn't lose my mind like I was a teeny-bopper at a Beatles concert
Yeah same here. I haven't bought any new anime in a while. I haven't even gone into the anime section at any Best Buy or video store. I don't know if it's too commercialized now (because let's face it, when you, your sister and I were growing up, it was still kind of a niche thing) or the nerdy fans drive me away, but I just lose interest.
I still have my collection, I still watch my favorite anime (Excel Saga, Ninja Scroll, Golgo 13, etc) and I still seek after the classics or the stuff by people I know, but as far as new stuff...bleh.
same. I'm awaiting blade of the immortal! I found fan subs online!
But other then that... Bleh... On everything... We I think, ate the last generation to know the greatness of the old anime and suffered the readings and shit in school cause it was a dork thing LOL!!! Now its a must for everyone.!
And now all the American stuff is trying to copy it, which I really hate. Let's face it, the Japanese and American styles of animating are different, and Americans can't pull it off. They also don't understand certain aspects of Japanese animation: for example, action is done very quickly - Americans still try to animate every single move, which makes the fighting slow, which makes it look like something from an old Star Trek fight scene *cue music*.
If you want, you can download e-sword ( [link] ), then go to their download section and install John Calvin's Insitutes. It's a long read, and like I said I'm not a Calvinist, but it's an important read just to understand another viewpoint.
Well the use of "unconditional change" is a play off of the Calvinist doctrine of "unconditional election," which is one of the Five Points of Calvinism (which, ironically, were written after Calvin had died). The other points are Total Depravity, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints.
Like I said, more of a random joke I came up with. My friend had said, "Don't blame me, I voted for Calvin." I started joking about poster ideas, and came up with this. Given that Obama came from a heretical church that teaches black theology (which is Nation of Islam for Christianity) I doubt he knows what Calvin was about