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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fellow Traveler

Frank Shaeffer is the son of Francis Shaeffer (one of the twentieth centuries' most noted fundamentalist voices) and at one time continued in his father's ministry. He too has rejected the dark side of faith. I've read numerous articles by him and he is quite enlightening. Today at Altnet there is an excerpt from his coming book: Patience With God: Faith for People who don't like Religion (or Athiesm). You can read the entire excerpt here.
These are some quotes that hit my buttons:

Speaking at length about the Left Behind series of books, The words left behind are ironically what the books are about, but not in the way their authors intended. The evangelical/fundamentalists, from their crudest egocentric celebrities to their "intellectuals" touring college campuses trying to make evangelicalism respectable, have been left behind by modernity. They won't change their literalistic anti-science, anti-education, anti-everything superstitions, so now they nurse a deep grievance against "the world." This has led to a profound fear of the "other."

Concerning Dominionism: (I told you these people are scary)

I knew the founders of the dominionist movement -- people like the late Reverend Rousas John Rushdoony, the father of "Christian Reconstructionism" and the modern evangelical/fundamentalist home school movement. Rushdoony (whom I met and talked with several times) believed that interracial marriage, which he referred to as "unequal yoking," should be made illegal. He also opposed "enforced integration," referred to Southern slavery as "benevolent," and said that "some people are by nature slaves." Rushdoony was also a Holocaust denier. And yet his home school materials are a mainstay of the right-wing evangelical home school movement to this day. In Rushdoony's 1973 book, The Institutes of Biblical Law, he says that fundamentalist Christians must "take control of governments and impose strict biblical law" on America and then the world. That would mean the death penalty for "practicing homosexuals."

Perhaps the best quote:

Christian Zionists are yet another reason why I and countless other Christians, including many of the more moderate evangelicals, mainline Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Orthodox are hesitant to be labeled "Christian." Who wants to be confused with some of the most dangerous and stupid people in the world: nuclear-armed, paranoid evangelical/fundamentalist Bible thumpers rooting for Armageddon and worrying in paranoid "official" documents about being forced to become like "the Europeans"? (Just a thought: does that make high-speed rail service a tool of the Devil?)


Michael Manning said...

It's important to have a balanced perspective alright. Glad you have highlighted how some fanatics ruin the faith of many sincere people, PM!

P M Prescott said...

What's important is to think for yourself, Michael. The main problem of fundamentalist is that they turn off their brains and go on auto pilot.