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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The 3rd Greatest Commandment for those with the right beliefs: Don’t bring loaded weapons or poisonous snakes into church with you.
Weapon in right pocket, clip in left pocket. Snake in pants. Arizona law.
Is that a snake in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? 😉
As they say in the Navy, trouser snake, pocket rocket, and when I was working Ballistic Missile Defense, Dong, which is a North Korean missile. Never glad to see one coming at you. Excuse the metaphor.
A fire insurance talisman needs be haploid.
This is one of the few really excellent images you’ve posted on this blog, Mr. McGrath!
So the big question is: How is the love we are called to have for others best expressed? I assume that it would depend on the circumstances. For example, your love for Ken Ham is expressed via a perpetual campaign of criticism.
It is always possible to try to keep people from standing up to bullies and charlatans by complaining that criticism of them is unloving. But sometimes we cannot be completely neutral and must choose to defend the victims against those who would do them harm.
So I guess the question you have to ask yourself is: Am I obsessed with criticizing Ken Ham because he’s a “bully”, or because I don’t like his YEC position? I’ve never personally seen behavior by Ken Ham that could be called “bullying”, but I don’t really follow his work, either.
If you were to “love your enemies” (e.g. Ken Ham), what form should that “love” take?
It is interesting that I too am unaware of bullying behavior by those whose activities I do not follow. I wonder if that could just be a coincidence?
Presumably the loving thing to do is to draw attention to the zeitgeistian nature of his worldview.
True, it is loving to point out liberal Christianity seems to be little more than an adjunct to liberal politics.
So in your case, to be dishonest in characterizing views you disagree with is “loving”? Interesting.
Quite the opposite, actually. I simply allow myself to infer what clearly seems implicit in your actions. Is it possible that I sometimes make faulty inferences? Of course, just as is likely that you sometimes make faulty inferences.
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