Monday, June 30, 2008

As Liberal as they Come? pt 1

The essence of classic Christian liberalism is this- the willingness to allow material observation to judge the Scriptural record as flawed or incorrect.

Evangelicals and fundamentalists for the most part start from Scripture and validate their observations by it. This is a principle enshrined in their theology of Scripture- that Scripture is the inerrant, inspired Word of God. The inerrancy of Scripture then, is their foundational battleground. I dare say that if the first few chapters of Genesis did not exist, most evangelicals would have little problem accepting the day-age theory or even theistic evolution. That final, absolute, Truth is judged by them to be able to be known "a priori" from Scripture is their most enduring characteristic.

While most evangelicals would not hesitate to say Christianity would be true even if the Bible did not exist, that is different than saying there is a reason it must be so. The point I am getting to is this- if you remove the support of Scripture do the truths expressed in Scripture follow from what remains? If all you have is the Holy Spirit and creation around you, and the traditions of the churches, does the evangelical or fundamentalist understanding retain any relevancy? Would it follow?

There is the danger that we appeal to human sensibility which may or may not be inclined toward Spiritual things. It is because of this that one very good reason for an inerrant, inspired Scripture presents itself- a check upon our own sin nature and human errancy.

I think we should admit into our thinking at least one bit of Scripture, if for no other reason than it was spoken by Christ. He told us that He would send a Comforter, the Holy Spirit, would be a Teacher, and lead us into all truth. Well there you have it. If Scripture is authored by God, it should be interpreted by and attested to by His Holy Spirit. To broaden that statement, if it is God's truth, the Holy Spirit should attest to it.

Now this is a difficult thing, because many people have many different ideas of what the Spirit is saying to them. Well, then we should look at the traditional teachings of Christianity through the ages, as a testimony to the Spirit's working through ALL people and times. This method would agree with Scripture were it says that the church is the pillar and ground of the truth.

What you find when you take this tack... when you admit that God has chosen to teach truth to man and that He does so through His Holy Spirit as expressed through the churches through the ages... you find that the upper hand does not rest with the liberal, but rests with the evangelical.

Furthermore, traditional church teaching has upheld the authority of Scripture and has constantly been engaged in vindication of it. The writings of B.B. Warfield are very instructive in this matter.

"The Fundamentals," written during the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy, were little more than a restatement of traditional Christian belief.

So this is my thinking. You not only have traditional church teaching, you also have the authority of Scripture to deal with, and traditional church teaching that upholds that authority. That testimony is difficult to go against.

Next post: my tension.

Why I Still Buy CDs

In the era of iTunes you may wonder what good are CDs? There are many reasons:

1. No DRM- you can put your music on any number of devices
2. No losing your music because your computer crashed and you didn't backup
3. Solid proof you own the music
4. You can listen to your music in situations where you don't have a music player or computer
5. You can show off your collection without having to turn on your computer
6. CD quality- no compression loss
7. You can sell your CDs when you don't want the music anymore
8. You get the album art and inserts

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Solutions for SQL Server 2005 Install Errors

Error 29521:
1. Make sure the date and time are accurate.

Error 29503:

1. Ensure your system meets the requirements
2. Remove all SQL components from Add/Remove Programs
3. Download the Windows Installer Cleanup and remove any SQL entries
4. Remove the following folders:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server
XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Data
Vista: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Data

5. Open regedit and go to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services and delete any "MSSQL..." and "SQL..." keys. Also delete:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Native Client
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Redist
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\MSSQLServer

6. Restart and disable your firewall
7. Reinstall

Error 29515:
1. Import this registry file and reinstall

WMI check failed:
1. Copy the following lines into a "fixwmi.cmd" file and run it (As Administrator in Vista)

@echo on
cd /d c:\temp
if not exist %windir%\system32\wbem goto TryInstall
cd /d %windir%\system32\wbem
net stop winmgmt
winmgmt /kill
if exist Rep_bak rd Rep_bak /s /q
rename Repository Rep_bak
for %%i in (*.dll) do RegSvr32 -s %%i
for %%i in (*.exe) do call :FixSrv %%i
for %%i in (*.mof,*.mfl) do Mofcomp %%i
net start winmgmt
goto End

:FixSrv
if /I (%1) == (wbemcntl.exe) goto SkipSrv
if /I (%1) == (wbemtest.exe) goto SkipSrv
if /I (%1) == (mofcomp.exe) goto SkipSrv
%1 /RegServer

:SkipSrv
goto End

:TryInstall
if not exist wmicore.exe goto End
wmicore /s
net start winmgmt
:End

COM+ Catalog Check Failed:
1. Open a command prompt (right-click and run as admin under Vista)
2. Run the command msdtc -uninstall
3. Run the command msdtc -install

"Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server due to a failure in starting the process for the user instance"
1. Restart
2. Delete the appropriate folder from within:
XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Data
Vista: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Data

If that doesn't work, repeat the above and then:
3. Go the SQL Server Configuration Manager and stop the service for your database.
4. Change the login to "Local System" and start the service.