Est. May 2008

19 January, 2017

Inaccurate Information

National Review: The divinity schools at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities have instructed their professors to start using more “inclusive” language when referring to God because the masculine pronouns “have served as a cornerstone of the patriarchy.”

For example: This year’s divinity course catalogue at Vanderbilt tells professors to give “consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine,” because the school “commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism.”
Ms Timph blows a serious hole in this notion with two simple sentences:
[I]f we are talking about the Christian God, every single reference to Him in the Bible uses a masculine pronoun . . . which kind of gives you the vibe that Christians have decided that their god is a dude. The fact is, teaching anything else would be giving inaccurate information …
Other than Christians deciding God is male (that was actually decided in Genesis 1:5), she's spot-on.

Passing on inaccurate information as accurate is commonplace these days: 'fake news', 'historical revisionism', 'political correctness' and so on tend to take accuracy and shove it down the memory-hole. The reason is simple: accurate information, more often than not, doesn't fit the narrative someone wants to push. In our example above, the narrative is 'we need to fight the patriarchy, so we need to remove all evidences of masculine pronouns'.

As far as the Bible is concerned, the effort to strip it of its gender-specific pronouns has been a battle long-waged, utilizing 'gender-neutral' and 'God-as-a-woman/agender deity' specialty Bibles and forced 'inclusive language' to 'mitigate sexism' so fragile egos will not be bruised.


18 January, 2017

Judgment at Churchemburg

The Christian Post: Pastor James MacDonald, the founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in the Chicago area, started a three-week series, "This is What We Do," and in his first sermon on Sunday he urged the congregation to welcome others in the church without judgment.
Many people out there believe Christians are 'unloving' because they're 'judgmental'. But what do they mean by 'unloving', and what do they mean by 'judgmental'?

17 January, 2017

Math Problem?

Math Problem?
The Christian Post: The percentage of American adults openly identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased from 3.5 percent in 2012 to 4.1 percent in 2016, a change that is led by the millennials, according to a Gallup poll. The poll also found that LGBT identification remains largely stable or has slightly declined among Generation X, baby boomers and traditionalists.

From 8.3 million U.S. adults identifying themselves as LGBT in 2012, the number has now risen to 10 million, says Gallup's 2016 poll, which is based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1.6 million adults as part of Gallup Daily tracking. (emphases mine)
Maybe my math's wrong, but … 10 million out of a population of 324,118,787 (in 2016) comes out to be …

16 January, 2017

Pelagius is Alive and Well …

Author: Jesus didn’t believe in ‘original sin’ and neither should we
In a Q&A with Religion News Service, former 'pastor' and theologian Danielle Shroyer 'hopes to send' the concept of original sin 'to the slaughterhouse' in her new book. She says that original sin 'is a “theological construct,” which means it isn’t explicitly laid out in the Christian scriptures, but rather derives from quilting together various passages. The first formulation of the doctrine arises with Augustine around the late 4th Century AD.'

A few points to ponder:

15 January, 2017

How to Lose Your Lampstand

Worship the wrong god.
More than 20 religious leaders participated in a ceremony to “bless” a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., calling the abortion facility a “sacred work.”

“In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work,” Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, told DCist.com. “This confirms the sacredness of the work we do.”
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