“In the same way, there was a letter in the Times Literary Supplement just a few weeks ago saying that when we’re talking about assisted suicide, we shouldn’t actually use words like “suicide,” “killing,” and those sort of words because those imply that you shouldn’t do it. Whereas now our civilization is saying that maybe there are reasons for that. I find that sort of stuff chilling, the attempt to change an ideology within a culture by changing the language.
Now, the word “marriage,” for thousands of years and cross-culturally has meant man and woman. Sometimes it’s been one man and more than one woman. Occasionally it’s been one woman and more than one man. There is polyandry as well as polygamy in some societies in some parts of history, but it’s always been male plus female. Simply to say that you can have a woman-plus-woman marriage or a man-plus-man marriage is radically to change that because of the givenness of maleness and femaleness. I would say that without any particular Christian presuppositions at all, just cross-culturally, that’s so.“
– First Things; emphasis mine
As an on-again/off-again listener of the Kevin & Bean Show (thank you podcasting) for just over 15 years(!!) now, I always enjoy Carolla coming back on the show. As you’ll read from him below, I expected him to be a standard liberal in the classical sense, but began to notice he stood out compared to the the (post-)modern Left. I started thinking this guy might be more conservative than I thought. And not because he’s waving the flag at the Republican National Convention, but because he’s just putting out common sense.
Putting out a book called “In 50 Years We’ll All Be Chicks” certainly helped the transition, if you can call it that.
Now hear this, from the Daily Caller:
“I always thought of myself as just a liberal guy,” Carolla said. But after working with and observing Dr. Drew Pinsky, Carolla says he started spreading what he thought was a simple, apolitical message.
“I just started saying, ‘focus on your family, take care of your kids,’” Carolla explained. “And then all of a sudden, I become Ted Nugent like overnight.”
“It’s a weird thing that this has become a conservative, right-wing issue,” he continued. “Take care of your G-d damn kids? Feed your kids? Educate your kids? These are radical right-wing ideas?”
Carolla also says he knows how to fix what ails America.
“I believe that we could fix this country and all that ails it in one second if everyone just literally internalized,” he said. “Don’t expect anybody, especially the government, to do anything for you.”
HT: Mollie Hemingway
This, combined with the [denomination]’s acceptance of legalized abortion — a racist, eugenic construct that has taken a horrific toll on minority communities — represent acts of evil. Would Christ traffic in the lies spread by jihadist death cults and shun the only Middle East democracy that protects the liberty of His followers?
Tobin says, “Jews and all Christians and people of faith who truly care about peace should make it clear that so long as the Presbyterian Church USA is waging war on the Jews, they will treat it as a hate group masquerading as a community of faith.”
Exactly so. The PCUSA – in its long migration from orthodox Christianity — is shaming itself and damaging the very name of the church. Will its fellow-travelers in the religious Left, those who pride themselves on opposing racism in all its forms, condemn this blatant hate?
I’m not holding my breath.
– David French, The Shameful Racism of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rod Dreher on Sharia law in Portland:
In the Philadelphia area, you run into Amish folks at farmer’s markets, selling their produce. I was told by a local foodie that long before farmer’s markets became popular, the Amish were holding the line on locally-grown fresh food. According to this person, the reason the farmer’s market movement started so early and became so strong in Philly was because of the presence of the Amish from Lancaster County and elsewhere. People love them. You think the Amish are for gay marriage? You think the Amish hold properly progressive views on sex, gender roles, or anything else? Who the freak cares?! At the Baton Rouge farmer’s market, the best local milk comes from Mormon dairy farmers, and the best chicken comes from Muslim chicken farmers. You think they are pure enough for Portlandia? In my town, which is fairly conservative, some of the most beloved businesses are run by liberals, and employ gay people. Nobody cares. Nobody should care. You are a bad neighbor if you care, and not just a bad neighbor, but an asshole.
And so one more time it must be asked, Is the chicken local?
From my lunch break to yours, before I snack on some cold pizza and a Pepsi One. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I still drink Pepsi One — lest you accuse me of being too in touch.
Just a few rhetorical questions come to mind:
Where does this trajectory end?
When we can buy goods that have been “sustainably” raised by farmers trying to redeem the earth? What if they aren’t intentionally redemptive enough? Are the farmers authentic? What if they aren’t complementarian?
(sidebar: What does sustainable even mean, and does it count if McDonald’s is already doing it?)
Must my conscience be tinged with guilt every time I take a bite of food whose origin is not known to me?
Would this not also apply to clothing, cars, housing, technology, etc.?
Jenkins almost certainly has good intentions with this article, but it is hard to see it as anything but neo-nomianism applied to food.
Is this Portlandia sketch what she has in mind?
Emphasis from yours truly. An excellent diagnosis millennial (un)Protestantism.
The many millennial Christians I have had the pleasure to meet know this. In fact, many of them have left liberal or unmoored denominations in search not only of orthodoxy, but also orthopraxy. If there is any attitude among millennials the Church should be concerned about, it is not outright rejection of its doctrine as much as it is irrational apathy. Most young Christians I know will affirm the orthodox position on all teachings of sex and social issues, but they will part ways with other generations by not caring how those beliefs affect the broader culture or law of our societies. Rather than critique the old soldier outright, they merely question his enthusiasm. Must he have been so radical? Surely he could have protested another way.
— Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism
In 2011 I came the closest I ever have to becoming liberal in both theology and ideology.
As a result of God’s providence in putting the right books in my hands and leading me to a wholehearted embracing of the Reformed tradition of theology and faith, that has not been the case since.
Let me say that theologically speaking, I don’t have a liberal bone in my body. In college I read J. Gresham Machen’s great book, Christianity and Liberalism, and saw liberalism up close and at its worst, in the university and in the church. That was my vaccination; since my sophomore year in college, I have never since had the slightest temptation to be a liberal. The whole idea of adjusting or rewriting the gospel to make it acceptable to modern man is an idea which I view with supreme contempt. I have always insisted that Christianity is entirely pointless unless it is a revelation from the true God; and if God has revealed it, then we are emphatically not free to pick and choose, or to make adjustments to suit our tastes.
Equally, I despise the idea, not uncommon in evangelical circles, that Christians have to follow all the intellectual, ethical, and political fashions: egalitarianism, pluralism, liberal divorce, abortion, gay rights, evolution, secular psychology, or whatever.
– Dr. John Frame; A Theology of Opportunity: Sola Scriptura and the Great Commission