I’m browsing through podcasts, and I see this…
Apart from the “disestablishment of the church” comment (we have never had an established church), here is the most problematic part of this tirade for me:
Why doesn’t God “judge” America for things like this more clearly? Why aren’t God’s judgments obvious responses to human sin?
It is easy to imagine that the next large national disaster will be blamed on the rainbow White House… But the connection will be less than tenuous. Tornados in the Midwest? Water shortages in California? Earth quakes in Michigan?
If the White House angers God, why doesn’t God destroy the White House instead of sending earth quakes to Battle Creek? If gay pride parades are an affront to God, why don’t those get flooded out instead of the god-fearing farmers of the Midwest?
Does God have bad aim or something? Does god not realize the mixed symbols he’s sending?
There’s a powerful narrative circulating that Christians are on the brink of persecution in America.
(Let’s set aside, for the moment, that white American Christians are arguably the most powerful, wealthiest group of human beings in human history.)
Here, ancient Rome is held up as a direct example of what American Christians may soon face.
And here’s my response: this comparison is a disgrace to the martyrs.
Haven’t you the least amount of shame? As you prance around the country raking in speaking fees, you dare to desecrate the suffering and death of the martyrs by comparing yourself to them?
We need to do better than this. We have to do better than this.
At the very least, this proves that an inerrant Bible doesn’t amount to much without inerrant readers who can understand and interpret it inerrantly.
For the sake of argument, let’s grant the idea that the Bible is inerrant — that it provides “truth, without any mixture of error.” That still wouldn’t allow the Bible to function the way inerrantists want it to, because the humans reading such an inerrant Bible are not themselves inerrant. None of us approaches the text “without any mixture of error.” We humans are all — demonstrably as well as doctrinally — flawed, fallible and finite creatures who come to the text as mixtures of error. Even if the text were perfect, we would never be capable of reading it perfectly.
Evangelical Christian colleges are developing a nasty habit of expelling professors who accept the science of evolution, and in this case, Open Theism as well.
Here’s an interesting aside from the main point of Karl W. Giberson’s recent opinion piece on the issue:
And, if we add the victims of witchhunts in other evangelical traditions, we could staff a major research university.
We need better ideas about Christian higher education. Maybe it’s time to make hypothetical research university this a thing.
Jesus told us to love our enemies. Clearly, David views gay people as his.
How is hoping that an AIDS vaccine fails loving?