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The Question That Dare Not Speak Its Name … Must I Ask It Again?

The Question That Dare Not Speak Its Name … Must I Ask It Again?

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Yeah … I guess I must … anyway … as I have said before, when I was taking both secular philosophy (ethics at a secular university) and moral theology (at a Jesuit school, Seattle University), I was taught, in different ways and in different dialects, that Knowledge plus Power equals Responsibility.  I.e., if I know that a given situation is morally wrong and if I have the power to effect change, then I am morally responsible for acting so as to alter the situation and right the wrong. And, moreover, the degree of responsibility varies directly with the scope of my knowledge and my power to effect that change. E.g., there is not much I can do to alleviate the plight of Syrian refugees. Maybe all I can do is to give money. But I am obligated to do at least that much. Given how wides
Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

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I am reading 1 Corinthians in Christian scripture or the Greek Testament. I have hit the beginning of Paul's clobber passages. What is a clobber passage? It is a passage that some take to clobber the LGBTQ community and drive us out of the church or to try and get us to not be LGBTQ. But, as you will see, it isn't that easy. We must always be mindful when we read. Whose ideas are we ready? What of our own ideas are we using to put onto the meaning of the author? What is meaning being mediated through? Onward! ... Inspired by 1 Corinthians 5-7 sitting on the throne acting as judge and jury pronouncements of guilt … There is so much in these chapters but they all go together. Starting with chapter 7, that is where the contexting question comes in: "Now, about what you wrote:
Tuesday’s Thoughts Through Art

Tuesday’s Thoughts Through Art

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Hi all! I was reading Galatians recently and was starkly reminded that slavery was justified through scripture such as Galatians 4. This bit of scripture creates a bifurcation of us and them by dividing descendents of Hagar vs. descendents of the free ... i.e. black folks vs. followers of Christ. It then puts Hagar's descendants as squarely under the law and not under grace.  Slaves to the law, I believe is how it is rendered.  It also divides Jews from followers of Christ, even though Paul was still Jewish and Judaism was the holder of the Christ-following legacy. It divides them in the same way. Jews are under the law the Gentile followers of Christ, for it is the gentiles he is speaking to, are not under the law. These two things have been taken to create racism, slavery, and antisem