Exploring Our Matrix
The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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Gawd Damn, you sure hate Christians don’t you?
At this point, you are in danger of becoming a full fledged bigot.
That’s a joke, right? I share something as a Christian, poking fun at the idea which is both historically inaccurate and at odds with my own denomination’s historic affirmation of the separation of church and state, and you leave a comment in which you swear and accuse me of hating Christians?
It must be a joke, but I don’t get it. Can you explain why you thought your comment would be funny?
For some reason this reminded me of these sadly humorous words by historian John R. Alden, who, speaking about Americans during the age of “Manifest Destiny”, said:
“For them America was bounded on the east by the rising sun, on the north by the aurora borealis, on the west by the procession of the equinox, and on the south by the day of judgment. They were proud citizens of a yankidoodledom who believed that God preferred man whom he made in his American image.” (Rise of the American Republic, audio book [i.e. no page to reference]).
I highly recommend Gregory A. Boyd’s excellent contribution to the topic of Christian Nationalism, entitled “The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church”. If memory serves, he lost about 1/3 of his congregation by standing up for the principles outlined in this powerful book.
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