Christian Carnival LXVII

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The 67th Christian Carnival is at Wittenberg Gate. I put in my usual appearance with Preserving Form and Meaning in the TNIV. [Again, I'm well over a week behind, but I've been finishing up the last week of classes, it's grading season, and I've become a full-time dad for the past 40 hours or so. Now that I'm through this I can begin this week's.]

Dory at Wittenberg Gate's own contribution is an excellent tour through the first twelve chapters of Matthew's gospel, picking out statement after statement by Jesus that doesn't fit with the claim that Jesus was just a good moral teacher. He certainly didn't seem to see himself that way, anyway.

World of Sven has a great post about avoiding the opposite dangers of following a Christless activism of doing and living a life of mere contemplation of being that doesn't result in living the Christian life. Both elements are necessary. As D.A. Carson puts it, worship requires adoration and action. Adoration without action turns out not to be true adoration of God, and action without adoration turns out to be not genuinely Christian action.

Team Hammer's call to apply the command to love your enemies to political discussions is worth heeding.

Another Think looks at radical feminist Andrea Dworkin. This is a model of how Christians should interact with those we disagree with, emphasizing the fundamental agreements we have and not seeing our philosophical opponents as enemies but as misguided people starting from crucial truths who simply take them the wrong way. Dworkin's odd brand of feminism is in many ways closer to Christian thinking than most feminists, even if in other ways it's much further from biblical views. Charlie nicely recognizes the deep truth behind some of what she's saying that too many conservatives unfortunately dismiss. This was my favorite post of the carnival. I've been meaning to do a roundup of stuff on Dworkin that appeared on the occasion of her death, and maybe I'll still do that at some point, but I wonder if Charlie has said everything that I might find worth saying.

Mundy's Musings on Christianity discusses the Justice Sunday event by a number of religious right leaders. Dean makes some particularly nice distinctions, and the resulting combination of views seems right to me. Christians have a right to do this sort of thing. Democrats have a right to criticize them. Bill Frist has a legal right to be part of it, even if he's a high-level politician. Christians have a moral obligation not to engage in such things, for a few different reasons.

Pseudo-Polymath reviews Nancy Pearcey and Charles Thaxton's The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy. I haven't even picked the book up, but if what Mark says about it is accurate then his worries are real worries about some of what they say. Do follow his advice and read Jollyblogger's review as well, because he spends a little more time on what seems to me to be genuinely good about this book.

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