Links and Joe

Keep calm and drink coffeeSaturday, 26 January 2013

We present to you another week of our most interesting blog reading. As always the views of these posts are not necessarily the views of BSI, but they are sure going to get you either thinking, talking or mad, possibly all three. Remember, keep calm and enjoy some links and joe.

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CatholicTideTurn2_coverAQMIs there a growing tide of evangelical Roman Catholics?  In his latest book, influential Catholic blogger David J. Hartline suggests that this may be the case.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade numerous articles and blog posts discussed the history of this decision and its impact upon our culture.  This one, however, was most fascinating to me for it discussed the changing role of Evangelicals in the 1970s on the issue of abortion and the Orwellian attempt to re-write history within my life time.

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Beware of parables about Hell!

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Common PrayerI grew up in a spiritual culture that prized “spontaneous” prayer, but later in life I am discovering the benefits of liturgical or intentional prayer.  It strikes me that both are necessary.  Tim Gombis over at Faith Improvised posted his reflections on the different nature of these two types of prayers.

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facebook_logoIs Facebook making you envious and more miserable?  A joint study by two German universities tackle this issue in their latest study: “Envy on Facebook: A Hidden Threat to Users’ Life Satisfaction?”

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And the latest musing from our friend, the Philosoraptor …

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5 Responses to Links and Joe

  1. Re: Roe v. Wade. I read Frank Schaeffer’s book, “Crazy for God” a couple of years ago and he paints a picture that dovetails along with the one painted in the blog post, only he takes some credit/blame for it, as well as for pushing his father to support the issue as part of the Moral Majority (which the elder Schaeffer really wanted no part of). He goes into some detail as to how he helped the issue along politically and briefly explains the Republican strategy to hook evangelicals. Not surprisingly, Frank Jr. now regrets his efforts in the political push.

    I would not be surprised to find that there are other issues within evangelicalism that have suffered from “revisionism”. One very minor one is evangelicalism’s abhorrence of Halloween, when even 35 years ago, it was common for churches to have Halloween parties (not the same as trunk or treats as is now common, at least here in the south). And that came about from the “witness” of an ex-Satanist who scared the flock about Halloween, and who was then proven to be a fraud.

    • Jen … I’d be really curious to know more about the Schaeffer book. From everything I’ve heard, it was the Dad that was pushing hard to the right, even as the son was pushing towards the left. Are you saying that it was the son who pushed the dad to the right and then regretted it and moved left? If so, that’s a really different account than what I’ve heard.

      • Scott, yes. If I remember correctly from the book, it was Frank Jr. that gravitated towards the anti-abortion politics. In his book, he recounts how he and his wife got pregnant before they were married and that was the impetus for his stance. I can’t remember if she lost the baby or had it; just that from it all he learned the value of life from that life event. And, if I also remember correctly, while Francis Sr. was pro-life, he was not excited about politicizing it; Frank Jr. says in his book how he convinced his father to do so, though Sr was most unwilling. And Frank comes round many years later to regretting the politicization of it all. I don’t remember reading that Frank Jr. is now NOT pro-life–just that he regrets the awful effect that the anti-abortion politics has had on the church and the culture, as well as the Moral Majority.

        All that to say, there are definitely things about Frank Jr. that were probably left leaning in many ways while his father was right leaning. The book was definitely an eye-opener and a view into the family as told by Frank Jr. I think many an evangelical would be shocked to read some of what Frank Jr. says occurred. I do seem to remember the book caused quite a stir, but that’s Frank Jr.’s schtick anyway.

  2. Oh, and I say, “I remember” because I could be wrong, and remembering incorrectly. Wish it weren’t so, but my memory often fails me. If you find out that my memory has indeed failed me, please do let me know!

  3. Did a little digging to make sure my memory wasn’t failing, and it’s not. Here’s a link that refers to Frank Jr. pushing his father into the politics of it all: http://firstthings.com/blogs/evangel/2010/10/frank-schaeffer-cannot-forgive-himself-for-the-religious-right/

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