We’re back to pastor Doug Wilson’s hot mess of a book on rebellion, a subject he is really getting so wrong. This week’s selections from his blog Blog and Mablog are typical in that they make me ask if Doug might be oxygen-deprived or impaired. I cannot figure out how he gets some of these ideas from mixing the Bible and cultural. The worst of his jaw-droppingly bad ideas is that somehow that the left is glamorizing mental illness. Say what?
Doug, of course, does not explain why he thinks that, what evidence he’s seen or even throwing out a few empirical stories. Just baldly stating what he believes to be true with zero evidence. Doug’s usual modus operandi.
What has actually happened is that mental illness has not been glamorized, it has finally been normalized and accepted. People who suffer from it are able to be more open as the general stigma fades. We’re able as a nation to admit when we struggle, get treatments and medications for our conditions, treated like people with a medical condition. Not demonic, or thought to have some moral failing like so many in the Quiverfull Evangelical church still like to pretend.
Continued acceptable of mental health issues can only be a good thing. But Doug likely wants to go back to a time when the mentally ill were thought to be somehow morally bankrupt instead of having an illness that could possibly have a genetic component. He just wants to shame people.
Kooks? Like ones that write romance novels filled with lust and potato salad tossing? I think it’s pretty safe to say that fringe religions with high demand situations likely attracts a larger percentage of people with strange issues outside of the norm.
I don’t quite know what to make of this. Is Doug stating that being a jock is good or bad? How can your love of sports, extreme or otherwise, be anything more than a hobby of yours? Sure, there are those that will take it too far (I’m looking at you, my dear husband), but for most it’s just a fun diversion. I know, I know, in Doug’s world you’d better be praying, reading your Bible and witnessing to others all the time or you’re going to the hot place!Stay in touch! Like No Longer Quivering on Facebook:
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