Remembering The Wrong Things

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  • R. Scott Clark
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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. That was painful to watch. It gives an excellent demonstration of why there has been an erosion of civil liberties in our nation over the last three or four decades. If this younger generation is that clueless, then what does that say about mine (Gen-X) or the Boomers (my parents)? Like the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. To use another analogy, the seeds had been planted in the 60s and 70s. Today, we’re seeing the harvest. I think the Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.

  2. I’ve finally reached the point as a senior citizen, that I look at young people like this and say, “That’s it. There’s no hope. The country is finished.” In my case it’s hard to separate the “cranky old man syndrome” from a sober, realistic assessment of the way things really are. Objectively, though, from a human point of view, it’s pretty much over. Our liberties are vanishing, anyone who believes the Bible is a “hater,” evil is called good and good, evil. Then I reflect on the sovereignty of God, and His mighty power in preserving His church, and I’m caught up short. Things have been bad before, even much worse than this. We must not be cynics. We must not despair. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  3. mea culpa. I am aware of ISIS, the fact that I know that they beheaded one journalist (is it two now?) is a fluke, I think I saw it on a TV at the gym. I don’t know the journalists’ names. I don’t know the president’s strategy. I do know Jennifer Lawrence was one of the recent phone hack victims.

    I don’t watch network or cable news on TV. I don’t read newspapers. I don’t read news or news blogs on the internet.

    A few years back, all of my news knowledge came from NPR in the car and Daily Show every night before bed. I can’t stay up that late anymore, so there goes Jon Stewart. And since I switched to full-time bike commuting, I pretty much stopped listening to NPR. So now there’s nothing left.

    And no, I’m not going to subscribe to the Union-Tribune, or add Drudge report to my RSS aggregator. I’ve got too much to read already with Heidelblog, Old Life, etc.

  4. While there is certainly widespread ignorance of current events, I’m not sure this video demonstrates it. The reason the students could remember the names of the celebrities involved in the Apple photo leak is because the celebrities were already famous. When the incident happened, the students, like everyone else, already had a hook to hang the news story on. The journalists were not well known. They did not have a regular column in the New York Times. If the students ever read anything they produced they probably ignored the byline anyway. When the journalists were murdered, there was no pre-existing bin to put this information in except for “ISIS.” That’s why they had trouble recalling their names.

  5. I could answer all the questions except the names of the journalists. But I do remember that the ISIS thugs said the next victim would be British.

    As far as the celebrities, I remember that Kirstin Dunst claimed she was hacked only because she blamed Apple Inc. for her misfortune, shortly before Apple’s big day. Further, I know that Dr. Clark uses Apple products and that if it were possible, his detractors would post pics of him leading praise and worship in a contemporary church!

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