A-J Levine ‘On Rethinking the Bible and Homosexuality’

A-J has an essay on an Australian site (who knew those people could read???) which I think many will find very engaging (whether or not one agrees with her conclusions).  With thanks to Jason Goroncy for pointing it out.

She begins

Religious conservatives cite the clutch of texts usually understood as condemning same-sex relations: Leviticus 18:22 and 20:1, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, and, of course, Genesis 19, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Liberals, in turn, point out that Jesus said nothing about homosexuality (a word not coined until the mid-nineteenth century), although he did have much to say about love of neighbour and care for the poor.

Most people in increasingly biblically illiterate societies – like the United States and Australia – presume the Bible repeatedly condemns homosexuality because they’ve heard the condemnation so often from pastors and priests. This conversation is old, and is certainly not helped by the participants are talking past, not to, each other. The conversation is also nasty.

Go, read.  For my part if Adrian Schenker and A-J Levine were to debate the subject I’d find myself on the Schenker side (in spite of my admiration for Levine’s work, I find Schenker more persuasive).

In Which Mr Blowers Sidesteps the Real Issue of the Moment

New at Bible and Interpretation, an essay by Mr Blowers concerning the Rollston Affair.  You’ll read it, though, in vain if you’re looking for an explanation as to why Emmanuel (or at least segments of it) are seemingly trying to oust Prof. Rollston.  The closest he comes is with some chatter about how Emmanuel’s main purpose is the education of Pastors who will doubtless lead churches where knowledge of the subtleties of higher criticism are undesirable.  He – in fine ‘administration’ style – sidesteps the crucial questions which are:

1- What’s the real reason that you’re trying to get rid of Chris Rollston?

and

2- What possible justification could you have for doing so if you’re (God unwilling) successful?

I for one think those questions should be answered.  Sure, I’m not connected to the school, only know one person there, and don’t really have any interest in it beyond that.  But when a school dumps a Prof (or appears to want to) then it’s everyone’s business because all of us- if we’re Christians- are called to ‘rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep’.  Our lives are intertwined, and any suggestion that they shouldn’t be is a blind spot (to be charitable) on Christian teaching.

So, kindly answer those questions without equivocation or evasion.  Just answer them.  Why do you want Rollston gone?  How has he failed the mission of the school?  A sentence each will do, and nothing else will be acceptable.

On This Columbus Day…

Columbus refuses to turn back.

I refuse to bow at the altar of ‘white man’s guilt’.  I never robbed a native American of any land; I never have owned a slave; and I have never oppressed anyone (though I have annoyed nearly everyone, I would contend that they aren’t the same thing).

Furthermore, I refuse to apologize for things done hundreds and hundreds of years before my birth because apologizing for things you DIDN’T do is like taking credit for things you HAVEN’T done!

Mind you, Columbus Day is far less a holiday to me than Zwingli’s birthday or the anniversary of his death.  But I reject the suggestion that I’m supposed to feel bad on it because of things people long ago did.  That’s just insanity.  And more than that, it’s self aggrandizement.  It’s as though people are saying ‘oh look at me.  I’m so enlightened and so concerned for others that I feel badly that someone killed someone and took their 10 acres of forest land.  Aren’t I special…’

No, you aren’t special.  You’re just specious.  And silly.  And arrogant.  Shame on you.

Natalee Holloway’s Murderer is Going to Be a Dad…

Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, has impregnated a woman while imprisoned in Lima, according to reports. The woman, identified by the paper only as “Leidi,” was said to have become pregnant during an unsupervised visit with van der Sloot. It was not clear whether that is allowed or possible under Peruvian prison rules. Media in Peru last year identified a woman named Leydi Figueroa Uceda as Van der Sloot’s girlfriend, and said they had conceived a son together, but she denied it. Mr Altez then described the pair as “friends.”

Precious, right? He’s a convicted murderer… of at least one woman and clearly of more… and he is allowed unsupervised visits with women???? Boy oh boy. But here’s the ‘best’ part…

In De Telegraaf, Van der Sloot said “Leidi” uses the birth control pill but had apparently forgotten to take it and she would not have an abortion due to her Catholic faith. He said he did not have DNA proof the child is his, but he believes it is.

She’s too good a Catholic to have an abortion but she’s not too good a Catholic to be utterly promiscuous. How’s that for a ‘Christianity of convenience’?

If You’re A Pastor and You Took Part in ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’, You Should Resign Today

Why?  Because you have abandoned your calling to be a spokesman for God, his messenger, and become instead a spokesman for a political party.  You have moved away from your calling as a Pastor/Teacher to become a politician’s surrogate.

By so doing, regardless of your political viewpoint, you have turned your back on the Word of God which calls you not to endorsements of politicians but to proclamation of the Word of God, which stands against all human systems and which therefore demands that the representatives of his Word do the same.

Your task isn’t to act as cheerleader for fallen human politicos.  And if you think it is, and you must or you wouldn’t allow yourself to be co-opted by human ideology, then you most assuredly have cut yourself off from the Word which you are commanded to proclaim.  Indeed, you don’t even know that Word sufficiently well to know your own task: you surely aren’t in a position, then, to tell others what it says.

So, again, if you stood in your pulpit yesterday and told your congregation that you were voting for so and so and endorsing so and so for the office of the Presidency, quit today.  You are no longer a Pastor.

He’s Back…

TM Law, that is.  Back to blogging.  Who knows for how long.  He appeared like a faint comet, blogged for a couple of weeks, and then faded from view.  And now he’s blazing brighter (with a webpage designed, it seems, for the visually impaired) and seeking readers- which brings us to the reason for this post:  to mention his reappearance (per his request).

Go give him a look.  If he manages to post with some consistency (which I hope he will) for more than a week or so I may add him to the blogroll (though I’m not too worried about it as he has no blogroll at all so he seems disinclined to interact beyond whatever comments folk might leave).

How’s that for a ‘plug’?    😉

Another (Not at all Funny) Drunk

Sean Payne was arrested for public intoxication in Texas. Humble Police said they received a call from employees of Shamrocks Pub on Oct. 4, 2012 about Payne’s behavior, according to KTRK.  He was allegedly so drunk that officers had to hold his head up for his booking photo. (Humble Police Department).

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Drunks everywhere: unfunny.