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

BerlinWall

“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...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.25)

Woods

Lt. Col. William J. Astore (USAF, ret.) on the American cult of bombing; James Woods (not that one) responds to an anti-abortion survey; Amy-Jill Levine on the parable of the son who refused to be taken in; Josh Marshall reminds us that the Reformation was a bloody mess; and Rachel Held Evans on the big sins crippling the white evangelical church. [Read more...]

Again, ‘liberal theology’ is not theology as done by people with ‘liberal’ politics

StupidJuice2

I did not become an LGBT-affirming Christian because of some scholarly research on the best way to translate “arsenokoitai” or because I learned to interpret Romans 1:26-27 in the larger context of the surrounding sentences in Romans 1:18-2:16. Nor did I come to see the full equality of women in society and in the church as a Good Thing due to the excellent exegetical work of folks like Scot McKnight in interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. All of that is fascinating, but ultimately beside the point. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.8)

Dahlia Lithwick on the exoneration of Antonin Scalia’s poster-child for the death penalty. Nancy Wilson on the book of Acts. Adam Kotsko on “political correctness” (i.e., what jerks call not being a jerk). Greg Boyd on religious pride. And Scott Woods on the American air we breathe. [Read more...]

Ratcheting justice

Ratchet_example

It’s certainly possible to make the journey toward justice in the other direction, but it seems rare. There seems to be a kind of ratchet effect. That’s how the Apostle Paul described it, too. “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks,” Paul says Jesus told him on the road to Damascus. Conversion isn’t geared for injustice. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.18)

Murded

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

No more crying on Sundays

“And when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. … Then he became angry and refused to go in.” — Luke 15 [Read more...]


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