"The story in Genesis 2 that tells of man being created first, then the animals, and finally the woman, has been interpreted as affirming that the woman's purpose in life is to be a "helper" to the man, who is to be her lord. Such an interpretation has no basis in the text. There, God seeks to create an appropriate helper for the man. The word that is here translated as "helper" normally is employed in Hebrew Scriptures to refer to God as Israel's "helper." . . . Therefore, the relationship of dominion and control between male and female among humans is not part of original creation, but is rather the result of sin--as is also affirmed in Genesis 3:16.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Posted by D.C. Cramer at 12:47 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"Rightly reading the signs of the times requires a church capable of standing against the legitimizing stories of the day. American Christians often think that if we had been confronted with someone like Hitler we would have been able to recognize that he was evil. Yet in many ways, the church in Germany was a church more theologically articulate than the American church has ever been; still the German church failed to know how to adequately challenge the rise of Hitler. It failed because Christians in Germany assumed that they were German Christians just as American Christians assume that they are American Christians. Churches that are nationally identified will seldom be able to faithfully read the signs of the time. Jesus's condemnation of the Pharisees and Sadducees for their inability to read the signs of the times, that is, to recognize all that has been and all that is still to be must now be read under the sign of Jonah, remains a challenge for us."
Posted by D.C. Cramer at 9:52 AM
Friday, May 15, 2009
Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate affiliated with several groups over the years, said the discussion should not come down to "Would Jesus torture?"
"There are a lot of things Jesus wouldn't do because he's the son of God," he said. "I can't imagine Jesus being a Marine or a policeman or a bank president, for that matter. The more appropriate question is, 'What is a follower of Jesus permitted to do?'"
Bauer said the answer is "it depends" — but the moral equation changes when the suspect is not a soldier captured on a battlefield but a terrorist who may have knowledge of an impending attack. He said he does not consider water-boarding — a form of interrogation that simulates drowning — to be torture.
"I think if we believe the person we have can give us information to stop thousands of Americans from being killed, it would be morally suspect to not use harsh tactics to get that information," Bauer said.
Here Bauer has endorsed a view of Jesus that has been anthematized for over sixteen hundred years: Apollinarianism. In short, Apollinarianism is
The teaching of the fourth-century bishop of Laodicea Apollinarius (c. 310-391), who declared that in his incarnation Christ took on a human body and soul but not a human mind or spirit (nous). Apollinarius argued that to have a human spirit is to have a free will. But where there is free will, there is also sin. Therefore, Apollinarius concluded, Christ operated solely on the basis of a divine mind or nous. The church officially rejected Apollinarianism at the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople in A.D. 381. (S. Grenz, D. Guretzki, and C.F. Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms, 13).
Posted by D.C. Cramer at 1:07 AM
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Why are hordes of people flocking to my site this week to read my review of Arthur Holmes' Fact, Value, and God? Is there a book report for a class due this week or something? If you're here for that reason, do tell me what it is, please. I'm curious. What school are you all from?
Posted by D.C. Cramer at 2:22 PM
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
"Just war conduct should be governed by the principle of minimum force. An attack or action must be intended to help in the military defeat of the enemy, it must be an attack on a military objective, and the harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated. This principle is meant to limit excessive and unnecessary death and destruction." (wikipedia: just war)
Posted by D.C. Cramer at 10:42 AM