“God Hates Shrimp”: Why One Of The Most Common LGBT Arguments Against Scripture Doesn’t Pass Muster (Updated)

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Last week saw the gay marriage debate in America reach a fever-pitch. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that at the center of this controversy was Chick-fil-A, one of the nation’s most popular chicken restaurants, and one with a history of making corporate policy consistent with its founder’s Evangelical views. The LGBT community and those in favor of gay marriage rights have banded together to boycott the company’s “Jesus chicken.” I’ll spare you the details because they are all but unavoidable on the internet and cable news channels and aren’t really my focus, anyway.

My focus is a particular biblical argument that I keep hearing in favor of gay marriage – and as yet, I haven’t seen many, if any, Christians engage it publicly. This is frankly pretty surprising to me. The appeal of the argument to those that use it, ostensibly, is that they are supposedly fighting scriptural fire with scriptural fire. However, the argument isn’t all that good and is fairly easy to refute. Continue reading

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Book Review: Ideas Have Consequences

As indicated in my first post, the blog’s first few posts will feature material which I have already written. This post was originally written as an assignment for a Christian Philosophy class. Ideas Have Consequences was one of the most enjoyable books I read during my seminary career, and hopefully the review below will inspire readers of the blog to check out this classic work that was far ahead of its time.

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In his political-philosophical classic, Ideas Have Consequences, former University of Chicago English professor Richard M. Weaver seeks to diagnose the root cause of the social maladies which had arisen at the time of the book’s publishing directly following the Second World War.  In addition to proposing a diagnosis of the problems, he also posits a three-part corrective.  Weaver’s thesis may be ascertained from the outset of the book. Weaver’s thesis is “that the world is intelligible and that man is free and that those consequences we are now experiencing are the product not of biological or other necessity but of unintelligent choice” (p. 1). Accordingly, an idea foundational to Weaver’s line of argument is that “the denial of universals carries with it the denial of everything transcending experience” (p. 4). Such a denial, in Weaver’s estimation, leads inevitably to traceable and predictable societal degradation. Continue reading

First Post, Third Blog.

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Full disclosure up front: this is my third attempt at blogging. Some may call that inconsistent. I prefer to think of it as testing the waters before diving in. Okay, fine. I just haven’t kept up with the last two blogs. But this one will be different. You’ll see. You’ll all see. All two of you that will actually heed my incessant self-promotion on Twitter, make your way to my blog, and start reading regularly will see. *twitch* Well, that’s my hope, anyway.

“So what,” you wonder, “is this already amazing blog about, anyway? I feel that the force is strong with this one.” Glad you asked. Pretty much whatever I feel like. That usually takes the form of Christian theology, current events and cultural commentary, gospel-related posts, book reviews, etc. That, and a splash of tech news, random things that interest me, a tasteful distribution of grammatical and spelling errors, and probably some funny videos from around the web – just to make sure I’m not taking myself too seriously. I mean, it’s somewhat of a given – I have a blog, so I’m already a bit of a narcissist at heart. The way I figure it, a few viral videos of stupid piano-playing cats in pajamas will help to ensure that I develop the type of readership that will keep me humble. No offense. Continue reading

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