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April 22, 2013



Greg, I really enjoyed this while I was drinking some Glenlivet. Two things stood out to me: (1) All the theology was easily deconstructed into Tripp's personal preference that some elements of the gospel narrative be true, presumably for cathartic reasons. He was unable to say if anything was referentially true, so he wasn't left with anywhere else to go. At the end of the day, religion or not-religion is personal. Somewhat like you, I got to where the inability to find an answer to the question, "Where have you been?" led to a conclusion that god never was. (2) I do appreciate that his preference for a "god with us" (which is where I landed until I couldn't find her anywhere near) narrative arc in the Bible informs his praxis. But then he acknowledges that your serving of the homeless is no different than his (which is true), just that they're motivated by possibly different sources of compassion. So at the end of it all, I still don't see what are the unique differentiators or purpose of christian belief.

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