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This Month's Scripture Verse:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:1-5


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Comments Which Conservatives Block From Their Blogs For July 2, 2014

This week's post will be brief since comments made earlier in the week became irretrievable. Hopefully they can be included in next week's post.

June 30

To Dan Borvan and his guest blogpost on the beginning of Unitarianism. This appeared in the Heidelblog.

Really there are problems on both sides. The denial the Trinity and other key doctrines cannot be tolerated. But holding the Confessions up as a standard that needs no change or additions can indicate an idolatry of the standards and those whom they represent as well as their time period. In addition, there were severe abuses before the Great Awakening. Burning people at the stake, as done in Calvin's day, for heresy or witchcraft? The only defense that can be offered for such a heinous crime is a reliance on relative morality.

See, there is a double standard when we don't distinguish between essential doctrines of the standards from nonesential ones. The double standard comes in when we as parishoners are called to be in constant self-criticism, a very valid call, but placing the writings of the fallible Westminster Devines above our criticisms suggests that the Devines were above the same self-criticisms. And not all of the criticisms of what the Devines wrote have to be corrections, some could be additions to what the Devines either neglected or could have never foreseen. And our willingness to criticise the Standards on nonessential issues shows our ability to distinguish between the Standards and the Scriptures.


To Joseph Sunde and his blogpost on finding significance in blue-collar work. This appeared in the Acton blog.

Work does shape the soul. So what should we expect a worker to feel when they perform a repetitive job and they are in the position of taking orders with little chance to make decisions that impact the workplace. Add to that today's economic climate where workers are so easily displaced when others who are willing to work for less can be hired to replace them. If people find little meaning in the work it is because those who benefit the most from their labor do not recognize them as having significance. And thus it will be the exceptional person who finds significance in such a workplace.


July 1

To Elise Hilton and her blogpost about ISIL. This appeared on Acton's blog

Just some corrections. First, Al-Qaeda has distanced itself from ISIL becaues of the differences in the degree of violence practiced between the two groups. Both are terrorists groups but ISIL is significantly worse. Second, the description of how the Shiite led government in Iraq was a bit of an understatement. The Iraqi gov't's against the Sunnis went beyond not hiring to practicing harsh persecution against the Sunnis and we were, for the most part, silent about it.

When a group like ISIL arises from the ashes of our invasion, the question becomes whether we have reached a tipping point for US intervention in the Middle East so that regardless of what we do now, we have done too much harm for any good to come from it.


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