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God is both more exclusive and more tolerant that we are or imagine is moral

Our theological heritage has a sort of contradictory position with respect to sin and toleration. On one hand we embrace the antithesis which is actually, ironically being argued by both sides here. Those arguing for banishing complementarianism are coming out strong … Continue reading

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Learning from the Reform movements of the 1840s and 50s to gain perspective on today’s culture war

Prompted by that New Yorker piece on the Utopians I picked up a book on the Oneida community written by a descendant if its founder. https://www.amazon.com/Oneida-Free-Utopia-Well-Set-Table-ebook/dp/B0140PFNVQ It is a fascinating read on many levels. The “burned over district”  produced some … Continue reading

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The Day the Donald Broke the Twitter

In case you’re living under a right wing rock… https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-recorded-having-extremely-lewd-conversation-about-women-in-2005/2016/10/07/3b9ce776-8cb4-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html It’s been a free-for-all. My favorite tweet was this one. https://twitter.com/micahjmurray/status/784509361733251072/photo/1 Russell Moore reposted his NYTimes piece from last year. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/opinion/have-evangelicals-who-support-trump-lost-their-values.html In the middle of this the evangelical sub-conversation is … Continue reading

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Bonobos in the NYT, Elizabeth Gilbert and Natural Law

I opened up the NY Times website this morning and read a fascinating article on Bonobos. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/science/bonobos-apes-matriarchy.html I like science pieces and enjoy learning about primates but the fascination goes beyond this. Is this just a science piece? Why the … Continue reading

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The Loss of Christian Intellectuals

HT: MereOrthodoxy and Francis Shaeffer Mere Orthodoxy Podcast discussion Alan Jacobs The Watchmen The model of separate-but-equal domains that Father Neuhaus chose may be the best that is generally available for most Christian intellectuals, but it means that the larger public sphere, the … Continue reading

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The UCC Finds my Inner Calvinist

Truth Revolt These pieces always remind me that the new moralism is strongly religious. Not too long ago I heard a lot of complaining about the doctrine of total depravity because it sets people up to be self-loathing. The more … Continue reading

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How Confessions Relocate Law

It Gets Better Whichever way you go on LGBTQ you can’t simply deny or avoid stories or judgments like these. For so many people these stories just expose the judgment of the tellers as self evident, but if you embrace … Continue reading

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On the Convenience of Hating Slave Holders

I think there is a certain convenient self-righteousness to our regard of slave owners. We abhor the destruction of the whales prior to the invention of kerosene imagining whalers to be scourges of the earth while thinking nothing of everyone … Continue reading

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A few thoughts for today on the CRC and the Same Sex Marriage Conversation

This conversation heated up on Voices again. These are a few thoughts for today. 1. There were a number of possible paths that the Study committee could have taken. They choose to give guidelines to outline the implied limits of … Continue reading

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Migrants and the Shape of the World to Come

I originally wrote this for Calvin-in-Common Also this from another conservative pundit. http://theweek.com/articles/574295/appeal-trump-why-immigration-may-defining-issue-21st-century While most of us worry about global climate change, the not-disconnected-anxiety people-who-love-people aren’t paying attention to is the question of what will become of the unskilled poor … Continue reading

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