Culture: April 2005 Archives

I don't know how I missed this one. Well, I do know. I saw the title and thought it was the post I'd already read that had a similar title but was just the first in the two-part series. Anyway, Jollyblogger follows up his post on Sodom and homosexuality with a post on divorce. His original point is that Christians have pretended homosexuality is a sin all of its own caliber to the point of ignoring other sins, even when it comes to discussing the sin of Sodom, which Ezekiel points to as a whole list of things without even mentioning homosexuality. He focuses more on their arrogance and how the treated the poor. You don't hear about those as much from evangelicals in the news as you do from most evangelical preachers from the pulpit, but you don't hear about them enough even there. In this post Jollyblogger cautions against some of the statements made about God's judgment on America and Western culture for the sin of homosexuality because the same sort of argument would have meant God's judgment on the church long before homosexuality was even a major issue. Why? Divorce.

Scot McKnight, biblical scholar and theologian, extensively interacts with D.A. Carson's forthcoming book on the emergent church (or really about the epistemology of Brian McLaren, one of the key leaders in the emergent church). I really like Scot's attitude about this and think he's mostly right in his understandings of the issues. I hesitate at some of his conclusions, mostly out of ignorance and reluctance to go that far without further understanding, but much of what he's saying seems right to me given my limited understanding of the emergent types (even though my brother is one of them). I've left some lengthy comments where I have anything to say and don't really want to reproduce any of that here, mostly because it would be a lot of work to provide the context for each comment. The best way to find all the posts is to go to the April archives and read starting at the bottom.

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