Day 8

We are now into the 8th day of the Supreme Court’s finding that there is a right to same-sex marriage. So far:

  • No civil war.

  • Western civilization is staggering right along, just like always.

  • No financial collapse.

  • No wrathful supernatural beings with swords of flame scything-down great masses of sinful humanity.

  • No foaming-at-the-mouth bears galloping up and down the street, downing screaming children in a single gulp.

  • No meteor strikes.

  • No hurricanes.

  • I have not been accosted by mobs demanding that I have sex with a rabid German Shepherd. Not even once.

As a matter of fact, the only noticeable change in the quality of my life is that there seems to be no escaping deranged evangelicals who believe all those things are imminent.

J.D. Hall, for instance, and Kevin De Young (who seems to believe he can reason believers out of using the escape hatch that Matthew Vines has provided them and, by the way, I-I-I-C-K). They’ll get over it. Someday. Soon, I hope.

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Be true to your cult, ctd

A seminary professor undertakes to explain the difference between Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights. It’s tedious and his point is not at all obvious, so I just want to draw your attention to this one passage:

Many have sought to divide the commandments into two categories: those centered on God and those centered on others. Love God and love your neighbor. This impulse is a helpful one. Let us take this idea one step further. What would the commandments be if we were to propose positive statements of the ten principles? We might find something like the following:

Love God through recognizing that:

  1. He has the right to exclusive allegiance;

  2. et cetera

  3. et cetera

  4. et cetera

Sigh. There it is, right up front: In all matters, the Invisible Wizard has first claim. And who is the local expert on what would please the Invisible Wizard? Your pastor. There is probably no Holy Man in all of Christendom who would object to that teaching, but … bullshit. That is the teaching of the cult, and it deserves only contempt.

I give the final word to Christopher Hitchens.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
V: The Moral Ideal

§350   Every ideal assumes love, hate, reverence and contempt. Either the positive feeling is the primum mobile or the negative feeling is. Hatred and contempt are the primum mobile in all the ideals which proceed from resentment.

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You-read-it-here-first department

A former Catholic chaplain reprises an observation I’ve made often through the years.

The church has always positioned itself as the one true authority. The word “catholic” means “according to the whole.” The existence of such divergent factions within the Church is reminiscent of another historical era of great tumult – the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Christianity was ultimately a beneficiary of that division as the new Christian world order replaced the pagan pantheon of Rome. Perhaps this time the discord will lead to the demise of the Catholic Church.

Exactly so. Just as Christianity ate paganism and unleashed a couple of centuries of turmoil, today science is eating Christianity — all of the Abrahamic faiths, really — and in the process has unleashed a similar instability. I am firmly convinced that we live right now, today, on one of history’s great hinges.

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Back in the ol’ hometown, ctd


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