Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday musings

I came across two articles in the NYT today.

The first has to do with an Episcopal church allowing their building to be used as the location for Muslim group to their annual convention.

Once again the conservative right is on the attack.  I'd say more about it, but the fear and the stupid run so deep that I'm pretty much left to say, "Good Lord, deliver us."

The second is this article (roughly) about biblical literalism.  I found it somewhat interesting, but one thing the author says is this:

The nonobvious point for secular readers is that a commitment to the literal truth of the Bible can be an intensely creative process. It captures your attention. It demands that you work to make the text come alive.

I'm not sure we have the same idea about creative imagination here.  From what I've seen,  one form of imagination allows you to see how God is working through a very creative process to bring all people within his loving embrace.  The other form of imagination requires one to see dinosaurs missing the boat (literally) and finding creative ways to keep Others (women, glbt, immigrants, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, etc etc etc) in their place.


Lady Anne | 10:58 AM, December 15, 2012  

Leviticus allows us to stone those who take the Lord's name in vain, and permits us to sell our teen-aged daughters into slavery. Having raised three daughters, this has sometimes seemed perfectly reasonable -especially since the tall on once told me the only reason I had kids was to do all the housework. (Just you wait, kiddo!)

Reverend Ref + | 7:53 PM, December 15, 2012  

Yes, selling into slavery has seemed perfectly reasonable -- not to mention a quick way to obtain some cash.

However, I also wonder if the attitude that causes us to think about selling them into slavery would be the same thing that causes the price to drop.


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