Applying what the Bible says about slavery

Jordan Cooper has an excellent discussion of what the Bible says about slavery. You need to read it all, but I’ll quote six points that he makes.

I then want to propose a way to apply these passages–not just to their historical context–but to the slavery of sin.
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Moral relativism gives way to a new moralism

Moral relativism is over.  Moral absolutes are back.  The problem is, these are new moral absolutes, with little connection to traditional objective morality.  And yet because the new moralism is concerned only with tolerance and inclusion, it lacks principles such as justice, temperance, and mercy that can temper its harshness.  As a result, it is just as judgmental, shame-inducing, and self-righteous as the old moralism at its worst.

Read the Atlantic’s Jonathan Merritt on the subject.

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Millennials are moving to the suburbs

Contrary to the free-floating urbanite stereotype of millennials, that under-35-year-old generation is now preoccupied with buying houses in the suburbs.

Could it be that rather than over-generalizing about generational characteristics, what we have been seeing is far simpler?  Single people like living in cities, where possible mates are more plentiful and there is much more to do with them.  But once they get married and have children, cities lose their appeal in favor of bourgeois considerations like home ownership and looking for a “good place to raise a family.”

Perhaps the millennials have stayed single longer than other demographic groups, but eventually adulthood kicks in.  This might also apply to religious commitments, the lack of which among millennials has many churches worried.  But church attendance always drops off among single adults, only to pick up again among married couples, especially once they have children.

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Hostility to religion

In 2012, the First Liberty Institute documented over 600 overt cases in America of “legal, social, or cultural” attacks on religion and infringements of religious liberty.  This year’s report has 1,285.

This doesn’t count, of course, the climate of hostility to religion in certain social groups.

Jesus told his followers to expect hostility, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  But it remains a curious cultural shift.  Do you think American Christians, who have tended to crave popularity, are ready for this?

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Making America great again through vocation

Mark Hemingway excoriates the left’s denigration of work and says that the lack of respect for the working class is what drives Donald Trump’s popularity.  And then he offers his proposal for making America great again:  Recover Luther’s doctrine of vocation!

Read what he says after the jump.  This will kick off a special series of posts on vocation this week (while I’m away in Denmark).  As someone* wrote me recently, “vocation has messed with me for the past several years.”  Let it mess with you this week!

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Reforming the Calendar

Do we need to reform the calendar to eliminate anomalies like Leap Year?

Two Johns Hopkins professors, Steve Hanke (an economist and fellow of the libertarian Cato Institute) and Dick Henry (a physicist and astronomer), have been proposing the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar.  It has the virtue of making every date fall on the same day each year.  Christmas, December 25, will always be on a Monday.  If your birthday is on a Saturday, it will always be on a Saturday.

There would be no leap year, no extra day every four years. What there will be to align the year with the earth’s orbit is a leap week every five or six years. This week will be added to the end of December.  It will function like a month and will be known as Xtr, pronounced “extra” and would doubtless become a great festival.

See an explanation of the new calendar, which the inventors hope to begin in 2018, after the jump.  The link will also take you to FAQs and the calendar itself.  After the jump you will also find my critique of the whole project. [Read more…]


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