The present-day impulse to misread the Bible merely as a self-help book is almost irresistible. A good example may be James 1:19-20, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God (ESV).”
“High church” and “low church” mean different things to different people
Here are some typical distinctions . . .
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Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, university professor, and NYT best-selling author, has for years been trying to help Liberals understand why they have so much difficulty in communicating with ordinary Americans.
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It’s a truism that pure democracy only works well within a small community.
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That’s because pure democracy requires intense participation that’s not possible in larger groups with less-interested participants. So when attempted on a larger scale, democracy must be subordinated to non-democratic institutions to prevent it from turning into a mob that loots and destroys society.
Aristotle’s Four Causes provide a useful model for analyzing the question of whether climate change “causes” terrorism. By way of introduction, the figure below illustrates how the four types of causes come together to produce a home.
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I turned on MSNBC this morning in the admittedly masochistic hope of seeing Melissa Harris-Perry, only to find Harry Smith — of all people — hosting continuing coverage of the Paris attacks and related issues. After running clips of Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee questioning the admittance into the US of Syrian refugees, Smith immediately displayed on screen and read the passage of Matthew 25 that begins “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat … I was a stranger and you invited me in,” etc. Smith then turned to the Rev. Jacqui Lewis, pastor of the hyper-liberal Middle Collegiate Church in NYC’s East Village, and asked this hyper-leading question: “is this as important a piece of the New Testament as exists?” Surprise! Lewis agreed that it “absolutely” is.
\\\ Trigger Warning \\\ The New Testament (NT) documents can’t be treated as entirely normative for the present-day church …
“Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch”
from The Bible and Its Story
by Charles Horne and Julius Brewer, public domain
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Survey results show popular attitudes toward Christians are frequently negative, with words like “hypocritical, judgmental, old-fashioned, too political, out of touch with reality, insensitive to others, and boring” coming to mind.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God — 1 Cor 6:9-10
The world would change in an unbelievable way if the church would attack the issue of obesity as relentlessly as it attacks the issue of homosexuality! (It would also be way more relevant to the church!) Perry Noble, “Homosexuality and Obesity,” 29 Dec 2014,
Walt Kelley’s most famous quote, “we have met the enemy and he is us,” best illuminates how gay activists – a tiny percent of the population – have so successfully upended age-old understandings of gender and marriage.
How does the marriage of a single, same-sex couple damage the traditional marriage of the couple next door?