Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Screamin' Memie

It seems I was too lenient with the last malefactor perpetrating misdememeors in the neighborhood, only arranging for a bit of time at the military's little vacation spa in Cuba. This latest transgressor may need the Qaddafi à la Gipper treatment.

In any event, the Five Fifty-Six Meme is supposed to go like this: take the first 10 books you see, open it to page fifty-six, transcribe the fifth sentence, and challenged your readers to guess the books.

But as Wilkins (also a victim) observes "it is in the nature of memes to mutate, right?"

So I am going to play the game a little differently. My picks will not be exactly random. I will be choosing books from my shelves that people who read this blog might actually have read and that have a designated sentence that gives a hint, at least, of which book it is. Additional hints will be also given. I'm only starting off with two -- partly because I'm lazy and partly to see if anyone is interested:

1. In the first place, not even the most fervent local-Flood advocates would deny that there are many places in the Bible where the words "all" and "every" must be understood in the literal sense.

2. The female mosquito cannot afford to be quite so impetuous, yet the episodes of her life follow a rigid marching order prescribed by her genes.
The first (which I suspect is too easy) is from a book generally credited with starting a movement and the second is from a Pulitzer Prize winner.

To paraphrase Groucho, I wouldn't want to swap memes with anyone who hangs around my blog, so I won't be trying to pass this along. But feel free to play.

For the first one, I'll go with The Genesis Flood, by Whitcomb and Morris (yes, it probably is to easy is someone like me can guess it, having never read it). As for the second, I have no idea.
Right. The other one is enough to make you antsy.
One might arguably give credit for "starting the movement" to George McCready Price, though I expect Augray's guess is more likely to be right.

#2: That's an obvious clue to E.O.Wilson, though I can't guess the specific book.
I'd "credit" Morris more as the originator of the YEC movement. Price never really broke out much beyond the Seventh Day Adventists. Most fundamentalist/evangelical Christians were okay with OEC or Progressive Creationism until Morris came along.
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