Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quote of the Day

The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any word in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church's prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.

Soren Kierkegaard

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Thank You For Selling Your Soul To The Republicans, Mr. Moral Majority/James Dobson/Religous Right

Because you have proven your faithlessness.

From GQ, perhaps the most disturbing thing to come from the Bush II White House - terrible exegesis, and all in all a insanely bad witness to the world.

You all rode that horse, now you go down with him. Perhaps there was a reason Jesus formed no political party, took no position on monetary systems?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Irony Abounds

Slandering fundamentalists is something of an acceptable pastime for evangelicals (not to mention the wider Christian community and culture). But since slander is sin, we're better off showing respect (even when we critique) and seeking to learn what we can.

(spelling correction and bold are mine)

Thanks for the cup of Fe -
Between Two Worlds: Fundamentalism 101