Tuesday, August 14

Christians who oppose drinking on moral grounds believe they have a chance to win, however small

"And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' that we all were on their side." -Johnny Cash "The Man In Black

It vexes me greatly when Christians pretend to be religious.

Monday, August 13

thinking on death and evil

Having finished Capon's Genesis, the Movie, I'm left mulling over his principal hypotheses.

"The God who holds good and evil as an ecology not only tolerates evil--he takes full responsibiility for it." (310)

"...for all biblical and practical purposes, Satan is the alter Ego of the great I AM." (310)

"Men and women alike, we're all pregnant with death from the moment we're born....But God turns even our impregnation with death into his promise of life." (321)

"God loves death because he's made it the engine of all life; every new something rises out of the same lovely nothing that's always been his cup of tea." (346)

And finally:

"...the Bible never promises us a half-death in which our mortal body goes to corruption in the ground but our imperishable soul floats up to God on its own steam. Instead, it promises us that when we die, both soul and body will go back into the nothing out of which they were made. and when we rise, the Word who brought us out of nothing to begin with will simply do the same trick again--because while we've lost everything, he's never lost us." (346)

And God, Capon says, can put up with the evil along with the good because "God likes our being no matter what we do with it....Even in our sins, our fondness for our own existence remains a witness to the divine Fondness that holds us extra nihil and extra causas--outside nothing and outside our causes....[he likes]the being of everything more than its behaviour." (331)