Those edgy, dangerous Lutherans

You’ve got to read Mollie Hemingway on the Lutheran/anti-Christ controversy, in which she notes the irony of the media becoming indignant over the “anti-Catholic bias” of the Lutheran confessions, while they themselves savage Roman Catholic beliefs at every opportunity.  An excerpt:

Also, you’re kidding me that Lutheran views on the papacy are controversial. Again, there is no doubt that they were controversial back when Pope Leo X was in power. Where’s the controversy now? Except in the pages of papers that are normally working overtime against Catholicism and its views on abortion, euthanasia, the priesthood, marriage and social norms? And traditional Christian views on homosexuality are now “controversial,” too. How come that never works the other way? You know what word wasn’t used once in that 5500-word hagiography of Dan Savage and his support for consensual adultery that the New York Times Sunday magazine frontpaged two weeks ago? “Controversial.” . . .

But the WELS is controversial. Got that? I want everyone to remember that confessional Lutherans are the new dangerous, edgy people. I have so wanted this reputation for so long and I don’t want this opportunity to be missed. We’ve been tarnished as the people of casseroles and you-betcha for too long.

But who thinks that we’re so edgy? Hard to tell. Here’s how the Post puts it:

It has been criticized in part because it holds that the Catholic pope is the Antichrist.

By whom? By noted theologianreporter Joshua Green? By 16th Century Catholics? The passive voice is really inappropriate considering how much this article is built around the claim of a controversy that presumably extends beyond the Washington Post newsroom or liberal blogs that never would have supported Bachmann in any case. I mean, I doubt that lapsed or collapsed Catholics give much of a hoot about it and I’m pretty sure that all of the more regular Mass-going Catholics I know would pick the media over the Lutherans when deciding who’s involved in a coordinated, if not vicious, campaign against their church.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    You go, girl – you betcha!

  • Pete

    You go, girl – you betcha!

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    Mollie, writes up the good stuff with regularity. She should be on everyone’s daily read.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    Mollie, writes up the good stuff with regularity. She should be on everyone’s daily read.

  • CRB

    Pray that she never gets invited to that onerous, contentious,
    know-it-all’ s program called, “The O’reilly Factor”!

  • CRB

    Pray that she never gets invited to that onerous, contentious,
    know-it-all’ s program called, “The O’reilly Factor”!

  • DonS

    Well said.

  • DonS

    Well said.

  • Jerry Roseleip

    CRB @3- She will never be invited to debate O’Reilly. He is smart enough to know that he would lose.

    I was the chairman of our local school board years ago. A high school girl who happened to be the daughter of a CMA pastor wanted to post a notice in the school advertising a Pro-Life Conference. The school superintendent would not allow it so she appealed to the board. I asked the superintendent what his reasoning was and his answer was, “it would offend the Catholics in the community.” My answer was, ” The real Catholics would support it and be at the conference!”

  • Jerry Roseleip

    CRB @3- She will never be invited to debate O’Reilly. He is smart enough to know that he would lose.

    I was the chairman of our local school board years ago. A high school girl who happened to be the daughter of a CMA pastor wanted to post a notice in the school advertising a Pro-Life Conference. The school superintendent would not allow it so she appealed to the board. I asked the superintendent what his reasoning was and his answer was, “it would offend the Catholics in the community.” My answer was, ” The real Catholics would support it and be at the conference!”

  • Mollie

    Thanks for the kind words, Dr. Veith and others! I read this blog all the time but rarely comment. I do want to mention that O’Reilly is the reason I got into religion journalism. After the whole Yankee Stadium debacle, he suggested that Lutherans who believed our doctrine was more important than patriotic syncretism weren’t Christian. It was so ridiculous that I decided to write something up — and it was the first religion piece I ever got published.

  • Mollie

    Thanks for the kind words, Dr. Veith and others! I read this blog all the time but rarely comment. I do want to mention that O’Reilly is the reason I got into religion journalism. After the whole Yankee Stadium debacle, he suggested that Lutherans who believed our doctrine was more important than patriotic syncretism weren’t Christian. It was so ridiculous that I decided to write something up — and it was the first religion piece I ever got published.

  • CRB

    So, Mollie, think ol’ Bill will send you an invitation? And, if he did,
    would you accept or decline?

  • CRB

    So, Mollie, think ol’ Bill will send you an invitation? And, if he did,
    would you accept or decline?


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