Wednesday, October 05, 2011

5 Random, Disconnected Thoughts For Today

5. The reason TD Jakes gets invited to prominent evangelical conferences is that there's no definitive final authority for doctrine beyond the self, AND they may be a teensy bit racist. Just sayin.'

4. I will not vote for any of the Republicans that happen to have an 'r' in his last name.

3. Nor will I vote for a Mormon. My Trinitarianism is firm.

2. That's right, the evangelical insistence on creedalism is entirely arbitary, though admirable, and it takes a pretty recalcitrant heretic/fundie for anyone to notice the problem. Keith Mathison already pointed out the problem, even if he refuses to see it.

1. I am a good time!!!


Jamie Stober said...

So you would vote for an evil Trinitarian (hypothetical)? Would a vote for a Mormon constitute a lack of firmness in Trinitarianism? My vote for Romney should that situation in which he is the lesser of two evils arises (Romney does not have my vote in the Republican primary for policy reasons) would in no way be an endorsement of his heretical theology. I would make that clear. If he was the Republican nominee and I met the dude, my cut-through-the-crap response would be something like, "You might have my vote in this commonwealth, but I could not vote for you for dogcatcher in the Kingdom of God. Please, sir, I beseech you by all the mercies of God, embrace Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, Him only be praised, world without end, Amen." If Romney wins the Republican nomination, it is my prayer that Christians who endorse him will make this clear. I think it would be a good moment if they did. It would express coherence in how Christians deal with politicians of other religions in a pluralistic democracy and proclaim the foundational importance of the Triune God for authentic Christian faith. I fear the response you are proposing would actually result in greater confusion about why Mormonism is objectionable, and the opportunity to clarify and magnify the importance of the Most Blessed Trinity might actually be missed. Mormons are generally good citizens and upholders of virtue. We should recognize this. Mormonism is assuredly a grave Christian heresy, but if we refuse to recognize their contributions in the civil sphere, cultural anti-Mormonism (a mostly visceral prejudice against an historically mistrusted and mistreated religious minority with some goofy practices and a controversial history) rather than a stout defense of the Christian faith will be the message the American people receive from socially conservative orthodox Christians. And nothing will say that we reject Mormons as our neighbors more emphatically than a refusal to vote for one in light of the alternative. Do keep in mind that the Democratic negatives on Mormons are higher than the Republican negatives, and we know why.

Jason said...

For all we know, Romney is himself exceedingly virtuous and wise. But his religion as taught poses an undeniable threat to the Church of Christ. Its infiltration through the Frankenstein monster that is evangelicalism is already under way. Unless the content of our faith reduces to virtue-ethics, we cannot allow this. Its chief danger is that it claims, and aspires, to be Christian, not that it fails. What will mainstream the Christological falsehood of it faster than a President who believes it?