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As we approach the end of 2012, in light of the 200 year anniversary of Princeton Theological Seminary I thought it would be appropriate to review this book. There is no doubt that the legacy of Princeton Theological Seminary has been important and it’s impact acknowledged by those across different theological spectrum, though what that legacy is debated. In light of the debate of whether the contribution of “Princetonian Theology” has been positive or not, this book is part of that greater conversation, though it addresses the very specific concern of historical theology. Some have advocated that it was through Princeton and specifically B.B. Warfield that the concept of Biblical infallibility and the incipient form of inerrancy was formed. However, if this thesis were to be true, the author of this book, Ronald Satta, points out that this must mean we would not see those before Warfield to have the same bibliology, or even his contemporary from other different theological camps and ecclesiastical convictions. This monograph documents how the theological and intellectual elites of Protestant Christians around the time of Warfield and before Warfield did hold to the same view of Princeton when it comes to infallibility. It does a fine job of the historical leg work documenting sources that question how some see the doctrine of biblical infallibility as nothing more than an invention of Princeton Seminary. This book is an adaptation of the author’s doctoral dissertation.

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I was a Political Science major back in UCLA and I was rather surprised by this youtube video done by this Political Science major student Alexandra Wallace from my Alma Mater

(NOTE: The above is not the actual original video)

What stuck out to me was the fact that (1) her comments about relatives in the Tsunami was quite inconsiderate (2) and her comments that Powell library at UCLA was disturbed by noisy asians when my experience was that it is a very quiet library to study in.

However, it’s not so much of Alexandra Wallace’s foolishness that disturbs me the most, it’s the response I see under the comments of the video or what people posts on their facebook status updates and the fact that people have gone online to post her private information, class schedules and threatened her life and her family.

Alexandra Wallace has since written a public letter of apology that she submitted to “THE DAILY BRUIN,” UCLA’s newspaper.  I quote in full:

In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture. I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain it caused to anyone who watched the video. Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action.

I made a mistake. My mistake, however, has lead to the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats, and being ostracized from an entire community. Accordingly, for personal safety reasons, I have chosen to no longer attend classes at UCLA.

Alexandra Wallace

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As much as she was insensitive with her comments and her portrayal of Asians in the library at UCLA,what she said does not deserve death threats from other human being.  It is ironic that in the climate of the Left’s “Tolerance,” “Diversity” and anti-racism that exists in many universities and colleges (UCLA being no exception) there can be a lack of tolerance, as it is evident from the inverted racist/sexual derogatory comments and threats  based upon her gender and race.  It is a tragedy.

I think this illustrates that every social/political theory (be it today’s multiculturalism, etc)  is unavoidably “religious” to some extent, in that some behavior or ideas are deem to be so repulsive against the foundation of their particular view of the state/society that the followers believe it should never be permitted to be “blasphemed” against, and if a transgression does occur the violators are deemed worthy of being socially ostracized, subject to derogatory humiliation, having  their  means of living terminated, and even deserving of threats of death and death itself.  At times it doesn’t just end with the transgressor but it extends to others such as family or those who have any association with that individual (employers, supporters, etc).  So when the critic of the Bible points to the stoning of adulterers as horrendous, remember that even modern social/political theory in the guise of political correctness have their own blasphemy codes in their value judgment.  Alexandra Wallace’s folly and tragedy should give us the insight that whenever a critic complains about the Bible and think that modern progressive social/political theory lack their own blasphemy codes, this unfortunate incident (Wallace’s disparaging remarks, the responses to her) illustrates otherwise.

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