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October 08, 2007

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Kevin Powell

I think CT is hunkering down. They know they’re losing the war they think they’re in. I’m guessing they’ve lost a good chunk of their younger readership and are now preaching to the old, conservative, choir. Re-affirming their prejudices.

Too bad. It was once an excellent publication.

Dallas Tim

There's no relationship in a magazine. No community. Colson might have an explanation for what he said. He might even agree after a thoughtful discussion that he could have used a less confusing adjective/title.

There are so many books, articles, opinions, etc... that all we ever hear is how bad/wrong everyone else is.

I'm all for the communication of truth and the quest to be more informed and intelligent, but I think many people are not as concerned in communicating truth/ideas as they are with hearing themselves talk (including me, and I liked hearing myself say that).

Dallas Tim

And how 'bout a new title for CT?

Maybe...

"Christianity?... Today?"

Amanda

that's just plain wrong.

Leighton

It's obviously of deep and weighty significance to this conversation that Christianity Today is an anagram of A Shitty City Inroad. Straight and narrow, or just poorly maintained? News at 11...

(Yes, I cheated.)

greg

Brilliant, as always.

Zossima

Apart from buying into the fallacy that his little cultural dogma program is somehow about objective truth, Colson buys into the logical fallacy that if you aren't with his program, you're (gasp!) a (double gasp!) "cultural relativist", which to him means that you believe in nothing and everything at the same time and prefer that everyone else does the same. As if there's no way a non-fundagelical-christian could have a well-formed believe system.

Colson has become so engaged in this way of thinking that 30+ years after Watergate, he ironically has become an ideological shill for Bush and the Rovian heirs of the Watergate legacy.

Tim Sean

When Jesus said the way to God was a narrow, i am more and more convinced he meant that only those who could deal with big heaps of cognitive dissonance, the wonder of myth and story, and the ability to love and care for others regardless of whether they see the world the way you do would "get" the kingdom. I know I'm stretching my hermeneutic here but I'll take my chances.

sepherim

Tim Sean
I think you could just leave it at your last category. Those that love and care for others have always been a very small percentage of those who claim to be christian by any definition. But then I've always been something of a reductionist.

sepherim

And Leighton,
Thanks, I think, for the anagram site. I think I have a new addiction.

chris

http://www.bartleby.com/68/59/859.html

Heath Casey

Great job of teaching tolerance. You got to love those that bash someone they disagree with in the name of "tolerance" and call them names like "fundagelical". How tolerant! Take that plank out of your eye. It's disturbing.

greg

Heath,

Welcome. Glad to see you did some background reading before you lobbed your first troll biscuit. I use fundangelical as descriptive of the fundamentalist and evangelical churches. It is shorter than typing both, and evangelicalism has, to a very large degree, become fundamentalist.

Heath Casey

I agree that they have, and I know what the term is. You are not the first to use it, but you purpose the use of "fundamentalist" in a negative fashion. If we can be tolerant to Muslims or Hindus why not fundamentals (or I would prefer literal bible believers)?

I just think the whole idea of what many say tolerance should be is flawed. I agree many fundamentalist are stubborn or intolerant, but that shouldn't change what truth is. No person's behavior should ever be able to change any absolute truths. I do wish fundamentals shared truth with more love; that would be ideal!

Sorry if that my previous comment was construed as a troll biscuit. I am a literal Bible believer and libertarian socially. I am firm in my beliefs, but really try to live by them and share them by love first and foremost. That is how I view tolerance, not giving in to my beliefs.

Floyd Magee

Just curious...What's wrong with fundamentals?

greg

floyd,

depends on what you mean by fundamentals and what they imply as far as obligation. Also important is who gets to say what's fundamental.

Dallas Tim

Some see the FUN in Fundamental.

Others see the MENTAL.

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