N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013), 9.
I’m really starting to detest Tony Jones. He’s probably one of my least favorite “liberal/progressive” Christian bloggers/authors these days. In fact, I kind of see him as the “liberal/progressive” Christian circle’s version of Mark Driscoll.
As Christians ask how their faith requires them to treat animals, they may force animal rights activists, a mostly secular lot, to reconsider their views on Christians.
I was honestly really surprised to see an article about this coming from the New York Times. Consider me happily surprised.
I’m bringing these back now that it’s getting closer to Christmas. I personally enjoy this one because of the They Live reference.
This was a great read. I’m glad to see folks like Evans in mainstream evangelicalism calling out folks like Ramsey.
I find it interesting when I stumble upon a Tumblr Christian who has an info page/thing that says something along the lines of “I’m a Christian and I follow the Word of God.”
I have a suspicion that they’re referencing Scripture when they say that and not Jesus.
I really don’t understand that kind of language at all. Holy Scripture is not the Word of God, Jesus is.
53. Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
54. In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us."
Read the first half for a pretty calm take on some of the stuff I’ve seen on Tumblr lately; skip to the end to find the less charitable rant.