Friday, January 1, 2016

Vox Popoli: Who needs seminary?

Good point. It is bizarre, isn’t it? We have all these atheist Leftists who don’t believe that Jesus is the Savior, the Son of God, preaching to Christians about what Jesus’ teaching are. When in fact the Leftists believe in none of them. In particular they do not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, which is the principle part of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels, the “Truth” the Gospels speak about.  Of course it is a time -honored  Marxist ploy to portray your opponents as hypocrites and liars, to use their “‘rule book” against them as Saul Alinsky put it. Finally if Christ is not divine then his teachings don’t mean much, just some recycled and fragmented stoic philosophy at best. Because then that would make him just a fraud or a lunatic who went around telling everyone he was God. And then the Left can’t use him as a stick to hit Conservatives with.

I know when I've got a question concerning some of the trickier aspects of Tertullian or the Summa Theologica, the first person I always turn to is a journalist:

Every journalist in America has been secretly attending seminary, and now understands Christianity better than most Christians do. This is the only conclusion I can draw after months of theology lectures from reporters whose most recent encounter with religious terminology was Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.”

To those of us for whom church isn’t a metaphor for sex, it’s been a frustrating few months. First, the chattering class endlessly assured Christian bakers, restaurant-owners, photographers, and florists that Jesus would be totally down with making same-sex nuptials fabulous (and presumably, with paying the $135,000 fine for those who felt differently).

Then, in the wake of June’s gay “marriage” decision at the Supreme Court, we got an earful about how mean and un-Christian it would be not to attend same-sex “weddings.” (Wouldn’t you know it, we’ve been reading the Bible wrong all these centuries!) Then the Kim-pocalypse struck, and we were treated to smug editorials on how the Kentucky clerk’s faith represents the dark side of Christianity, while those who ignore tertiary topics like—say—God’s design for human sexuality in favor of social justice issues, are the good Christians. (I once was blind, but now I see!)
Sci-fi writers are nearly as bad. The one thing - the ONE thing - they know about Christian theology is John 8:1-10. Of course, apparently they never proceed to verse 11, which states: "go forth and sin no more."

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