Tuesday, December 09, 2008

You Can Expect More of This...

Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek magazine, had this to say about those who appeal to the Bible in order to oppose sodomy.

No matter what one thinks about gay rights—for, against or somewhere in between —this conservative resort to biblical authority is the worst kind of fundamentalism. Given the history of the making of the Scriptures and the millennia of critical attention scholars and others have given to the stories and injunctions that come to us in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt—it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition.

This is an attempt to define any appeal to what the Bible actually says as out of bounds in the discussion. Of course, this is very convenient for those who do not want to admit biblical authority. It reminds me of when I was a child. When we would play war, and it became obvious that my opponent had a weapon that was blowing me away (such as he had the garden hose while I had a little squirt gun), then the natural thing to do was simply to declare that this war doesn't allow garden hoses. Why? Because I'll lose if we allow garden hoses, and I can't have that. So it is with the man who rejects God. Once the Bible is turned loose, his squirt gun objections don't hold much water, and he can't have that.

2 comments:

Ace said...

I'm wondering what the "great Judeo-Christian tradition" consists of exactly if it doesn't include the Bible?

Bizarre.

Jason Parker said...

Good point!