I wanted to highlight a couple of exceptional posts that are part of this week's Christian Carnival.
Dory at Wittenburg Gate references the C.S. Lewis argument in Mere Christianity, against (logically) being able to view Jesus as a great teacher. Dory quotes Lewis:
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic---on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg---or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make the choice. Either this man was and is the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
Dory goes on to survey in the first 11 chapters of Matthew all the audacious claims Jesus makes about Himself.
Team Hammer quotes John Stuart Mill on their website:
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
Which of course reminds me of the tagline at Mudville Gazette:
"Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."Which I am told is a quote from George Orwell, though I do not know.
As the rest of Team Hammer's post, you will just have to follow the link.