Friday, January 28, 2011

From Mark Shea
  • The confusion of the American faith in the salvific power of democratic revolution.
  • The Lefty who frets that some obscure political chart inspires violence while staunchly defending the dismemberment of babies is straining at gnats and swallowing camels.
  • The American Christian Death Penalty Maximalist continually appeals to Scripture to justify his maximalism. But he is horrified when the Taliban enacts the Old Testament before his very eyes with more maximalism than he is comfortable with. A safer course is to just, you know, go with what the Church recommends rather than do the sola-scriptura schtick on one’s pet issues.
  • Every human you meet in this life is still on probation and there exists the possibility of their salvation, however remote. Contempt directed at them is just an extra push toward hell and we should not be pushing any person toward hell. But the devils are already damned by their own choice. Laughing contempt for them is a fitting response and is a sort of courage. For in the order of nature, they are vastly our superiors in power and intellect. That is, they are cosmic bullies and it is only fitting that the weaker mock the stronger when the stronger tries to bully him. “The devil, the proud spirit, cannot endure to be mocked.” – St Thomas More. More.

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