Monday, October 16, 2006

Just a thought
Something I’ve seen in a couple of places in the conservative-Christian (I don’t mean the Protestant religious right!) blogosphere (meaning I’ve forgotten exactly where I pinched this... it came up on Mere Comments and GetReligion). Of course we are all sinners and seek forgiveness and there’s nothing wrong with such self-interest. ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’ Not ‘instead of thyself’ or ‘more than thyself’. But might the social-gospellers who dismiss doctrine and old-fashioned morals ‘as long as our fundamental option is for God, we work for justice’ and so on (Pelagianism?) really mean something like ‘don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain’? Or ‘I’ve got a guilty conscience about something in my life and this is my go at covering it up; hope God buys it’?

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