‘Are we capable of welcoming these people?’

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Tone is always irrelevant when you’re telling someone that you are not capable of welcoming people like them. It’s never possible to exclude people nicely. It’s the act that wounds, not the words that dress it up. Jesus is telling this woman that he is not capable of welcoming her. He is telling her that he will not heal her sick daughter. No words can make that worse and no words can make it better. [Read more...]

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry displays some sleazy ethics in his lecture on Christian ethics

KingRustin

Writing for The Week, Gobry’s “Why so many Christians won’t back down on gay marriage” is a steaming pile of passive-aggressive insinuation. His preferred method of argument appears to be to avoid lying by direct assertion, opting instead to lie by passing reference to assumed “facts” that are actually unsupportable fabrications containing nasty accusations. To save time, I’ll only highlight three such lies from the article. [Read more...]

Mr. Chesterton, Tear down that fence! (more on ‘accommodating the prevailing culture’)

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“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up,” G.K. Chesterton said. That’s good advice. But Chesterton’s maxim works backwards as well as forwards. If we come to know that there’s no good reason for the fence — or only bad reasons for it — then we’re obliged to take it down. [Read more...]

If you’re fighting to preserve the status quo, you cannot accuse those who seek to change it of ‘accommodating to the prevailing culture’

AKCP

Defending the status quo of the prevailing culture by accusing those trying to change it of “cultural accommodation” is self-refuting nonsense. It makes no sense — particularly when coupled with the narrative/assertion that says those seeking change are dangerous revolutionaries. Those two things cannot both be true. These people cannot both be radical revolutionaries threatening to overthrow the prevailing culture and also squishy conformists so desperate to be affirmed by that prevailing culture that they will redefine themselves to accommodate it. [Read more...]

Thinking outside the Hitler-shaped box

Why not Ming?

Half a point to Robert Oscar Lopez for trying to inject a bit of variety into right-wing, sky-is-falling hyperbole. Just calling everybody Hitler all the time gets a bit dull, doesn’t it? Let’s see more culture warriors follow his lead and branch out. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war

WealthShare

“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read more...]

Who do you say that I am?: Putting the ‘post-’ in ‘post-evangelical’ (part 1)

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American evangelicals changed the way they answer the question “Who do we say that we are?” And that means, inevitably, that they have also — consciously or not — changed the way they answer the question “Who do you say that I am?” For Christians, that’s a rather important question. Changing our answer to that bedrock question shouldn’t be something that happens without serious, conscious consideration. And yet that’s what happened. [Read more...]

Qoheleth and the ‘Third Way’

Balance

We need other options if we want to escape from the miserable binaries that Qoheleth describes so well. But the language to describe such options has been co-opted by “Third Way” talk that advocates the unprincipled, obsequious “centrism” of a Joe Lieberman for President brochure. [Read more...]


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