Theology is most polemical when at its most practical; theology is most practical when at its most polemical.
Daily Archives: 11 May 2012
Michael Horton has a very, very fine, very intelligently written, unassailable piece on the fact that same sex marriage makes sense only in a society adrift, where ego-centrism reigns and the God revealed in Scripture is jettisoned. Some of the better bits-
… Same-sex marriage makes sense if you assume that the individual is the center of the universe, that God—if he exists—is there to make us happy, and that our choices are not grounded in a nature created by God but in arbitrary self-construction. To the extent that this sort of “moralistic-therapeutic-deism” prevails in our churches, can we expect the world to think any differently? If we treat God as a product we sell to consumers for their self-improvement programs and make personal choice the trigger of salvation itself, then it may come as a big surprise (even contradiction) to the world when we tell them that truth (the way things are) trumps feelings and personal choice (what we want to make things to be). …
… The fact that “moralistic-therapeutic-deism” is the working theology of Americans—whether evangelicals, Catholics, mainline Protestants, or agnostics—demonstrates the pervasiveness of secularization even in our churches. The old actors may still be invoked: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit. Bits of the old narrative may still be mentioned: creation, providence, redemption, salvation, heaven. However, the shift is evident enough. These old words are mapped onto an essentially human-centered rather than God-centered map. The map is the autonomous self’s striving to create a sense of meaning, purpose, and significance. Each individual writes his or her own script or life movie. “God” may still have a meaningful role as a supporting actor in our self-realization and peace of mind, but we’re the playwright, director, and star. …
… How would someone who believes that sin is unhappiness and salvation is having “your best life now” make a good argument against same-sex marriage? There is simply no way of defending traditional marriage within the narrative logic that apparently most Christians—much less non-Christians—presuppose regardless of their position on this issue. …
Read the whole brilliantly constructed and irrefutable essay.
Not me buddy, not me!
Vecinii noștri de la ITP au vrut să construiască 3 blocuri mari de locuințe. Nefăcându-și bine socoteala cheltuielilor, au săpat o groapă mare, au turnat temelia și s-au oprit din cauză de criză.
Peste groapă a plouat, apa a crescut, și astfel a apărut un mic ecosistem semisălbatic.
Rațele sălbatice au adus pe lăbuțe ouă de broască. În timpul verilor trecute, neamul broscăresc a prosperat ca în vremea faraonului din Exodul.
Pe marginea lacului artificial mișună voios șopârle (despre care sper să scriu cândva), iar prin apă fojgăiesc șerpi, unii mici și alții măricei.
Nu cu mult timp în urmă m-am luptat și eu cu unul, pe care l-am scos pe mal, pentru a-l examina mai aproape. Apoi i-am dat drumul în lac.
Zilele trecute, unul dintre studenții mei, mai curajos, a prins cu mâna o mândrețe de șarpe, cu lungimea de aproape un metru.
Așa se face că am…
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With many thanks to Joel Green for mentioning this fascinating resource on G+.
For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
Taking account of seasonal variation and accommodating a wide range of modes and means of transport, ORBIS reveals the true shape of the Roman world and provides a unique resource for our understanding of premodern history.
I’m adding a link to it under ‘Useful Sites’ on the sidebar.
- Editors’ Choice: ORBIS: The next step in Digital Humanities (scottbot.net)
- Announcing ORBIS (dhs.stanford.edu)
- A Week’s Worth of Travel in the Roman World (dhs.stanford.edu)
The Persian Imperial Authorization as Historical Problem and as Biblical Construct: A Plea for Differentiations in the Current Debate
Another great essay by the great Konrad Schmid. It was originally published in 2007 but remains relevant.
Britain’s Outrageous Censorship Practices: ‘Archbishop Cranmer’ and the Advertising Standards Authority
This really, really is outrageous. Because a blogger calling himself Archbishop Cranmer posted this pro-marriage graphic on his blog, the authorities in Britain are assaulting him with threatenings:
Here’s what the blogger says-
Apparently there have been a number of complaints about one of the advertisements His Grace carried on behalf of the Coalition for Marriage. He has been sent all manner of official papers, formal documentation and threatening notices which demand answers to sundry questions by a certain deadline. He is instructed by the ‘Investigations Executive’ of this inquisition to keep all this confidential.Since His Grace does not dwell in Iran, North Korea, Soviet Russia, Communist China or Nazi Germany, but occupies a place in the cyber-ether suspended somewhere between purgatory and paradise, he is minded to ignore that request. Who do these people think they are?
The advertisement in question is reproduced above. His Grace would like to make it clear to the ASA that he is reproducing this ‘offensive and homophobic’ advertisement as an educative illustration of allegedly offensive and homophobic advertising; not as an offensive and homophobic advertisement per se. Naturally, His Grace apologises in advance to all those who find this educative illustration offensive and homophobic, for it is never his intention to be either offensive or homophobic. But those of you who do find it offensive and homophobic are free not to visit His Grace’s blog whenever you wish.
There is NOTHING homophobic or offensive about that graphic and only the most idiotic bureaucrat could imagine there is. And whilst normally my practice is to ignore anonymous blogs and bloggers, in this instance, because the British government’s actions are so egregious and inept, I’m going to make an exception. Go visit his blog and read the remainder of his explanation of what’s gone on. It’s authentically shocking.
And, America, believe me, our government is heading in the same direction. So if you think this doesn’t matter, wake up and glance into the not too distant future.
Is like asking a class of kindergarteners what it thinks of Congress. They may have an opinion, but it’s not an informed opinion and it shouldn’t be viewed as in any sense meaningful.
The problem is, however, that too many people think that spending a few minutes on google or a couple of days looking through the Bible makes them both expert in the material and competent to opine. That, of course, is absurd.
Dilettantism is the disease of our modern culture which is least often recognized and most detrimental to actual truth.