Modern Conservative Christianity’s mistrust of immanence

“In popular religious practice there isn’t always a clean line between this “immanent” religion and the transcendent alternative offered by Christianity and Judaism. ” https://buff.ly/2C8e98H Douthat should then re-write and re-think what he wrote in the paragraphs before this. His attempts henceforth in this article to explain the difference are awkward and shallow and full of caricature. “Until then, those Continue Reading

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Biblical Faith is not “world denying” aside from the ideology known as “the world”

“this paganism is …deliberately agnostic about final things, what awaits beyond the shores of this world, and it is skeptical of the idea that there exists some ascetic, world-denying moral standard to which we should aspire.” — Douthat buff.ly/2C8e98H You’d better believe that it is “skeptical “, because “some ascetic, world-denying moral standard” is a dualism that is not found Continue Reading

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Ecotheology as idolatry; dualism is to blame

“return of a pagan religious conception, which was half-buried (though never fully so) by the rise of Christianity. What is that conception? Simply this: that divinity is fundamentally inside the world rather than outside it; that God or the gods or Being are ultimately part of nature rather than an external creator, and that meaning and morality and metaphysical experience Continue Reading

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“To Till and To Keep”: God’s first declaration of purpose for humanity at Creation

“God places Adam in the garden of Eden to “till and to keep it. The Hebrew words here that describe Adam’s vocation consist of abad and shamar. The former means to serve,” even to the point of being a slave. The latter not only means “to keep. but also “to watch or preserve.” God puts Adam (and Eve) in the Continue Reading

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Paying lip service to “visible markers of piety”

More “gnostic” markers: Pay lip service to “visible markers of piety” and “belief” (meaning “inner , special knowledge”) while ignoring and contradicting most of the Biblical values in policies that make it more difficult for the poor, throw people off of health care or make it more difficult to acquire insurance, fail to welcome the immigrant and actually do the Continue Reading

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The “I believe we should be good stewards of the earth” as ‘Cover’

I have been told I don’t know how many times, by people who seem irritated at my “obsession” with the Ecological Crisis, that they “certainly” believe that “we should be good stewards of the earth”, and that I never “seem satisfied” with that answer. But here is exactly why I continue to press about the urgency of this, and now Continue Reading

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