Thursday, March 22, 2007
He says, among other things..."As for reality: There is clearly no real place left for conservative Christians within TEC’s official structures."
Bishop Jeffrey Steenson (Rio Grande) had this response.
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He says: "The focus (in the 1979 Prayer Book Baptismal service) is insistently on the last of an additional list of undertakings. It commits the candidate 'to strive for peace and justice and respect the dignity of every human being'.
That commitment, couched in the code language of the leftist consensus of the 60s and 70s, has become definitive for revisionist Episcopalianism. It is the ethical a priori premise of all that it is and seeks to do. But it needs unpacking.
In the contemporary
'This church has said that our larger vision will be framed and shaped in the coming years by the vision of shalom embedded in the Millennium Development Goals - a world where the hungry are fed, the ill are healed, the young educated, women and men treated equally, and where all have access to clean water and adequate sanitation, basic health care, and the promise of development that does not endanger the rest of creation. That vision of abundant life is achievable in our own day, but only with the passionate commitment of each and every one of us. It is God's vision of homecoming for all humanity. [Applause]'"
Respect for the dignity of every human being has been translated into wholehearted acceptance of the entire lesbigaytransexual agenda. ('I am what I am / and what I am needs no excuses' - the torch song theme tune of La Cage aux Folles - has been elevated to a theological principle.)"
Very good post.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
However, Kim has posted a most interesting article from Richard Muller on Reformed Theology in response to John MacArthur's provocative comments at the Shepherd's Conference at Grace Church a few weeks ago.
Here it is.
From Tim Challie's blog: Tetzel is back with us
As I drove the 16(ish) hours from
In 1517 Pope Leo X made a Dominican monk named Johann Tetzel commissioner of indulgences for all
Fast forward to 2007 and we are in the midst of a controversy about global warming. Some people claim that humans are responsible for an increase in the world's temperature with the prime culprit being carbon dioxide emissions. Some scientists dispute this, but most people in our society are convinced that humans are causing global warming and that we need to radically alter our behavior if we are to save this planet. Leading this charge is Al Gore whose slideshow/film just won an Academy Award and who is currently the golden boy of the
Just a couple of weeks ago it came out in the news that Gore, who tours North America trying to convince people they need to reduce the amount of energy they use, has a home that consumes twenty times the national average. The average household consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours per year. In 2006, the Gore home consumed nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours. In the world of environmentalists, this has to be the rough equivalent of raping the Virgin Mary. Thankfully, Gore has found his Tetzel and has purchased indulgences. Gore's spokesman says that he and Tipper "purchase offsets for their carbon emissions to bring their carbon footprint down to zero."
According to the David Suzuki Foundation (David Suzuki is Canada's answer to Al Gore) "A 'carbon offset' is an emission reduction credit from another organization's project that results in less carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than would otherwise occur. Carbon offsets are typically measured in tons of CO2-equivalents (or 'CO2e') and are bought and sold through a number of international brokers, online retailers, and trading platforms."
Gore buys his carbon offsets from Generation Investment Management LLP, which is "an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 and with offices in
Carbon offsets don't really do anything. Most people don't even pretend that they do anything more than raise awareness for environmental issues. And, of course, they pad the pockets of people selling them. According to Canada's Free Press they "(1) demonstrate commitment to taking action on climate change; (2) add an economic component to climate change; (3) help engage and educate the public; and (4) may provide local social and environmental benefits that help to encourage the use of low-carbon technologies...The real design behind offsetting, then, is to impact the public debate, not to avert the dreaded global warming. "
They are much like indulgences in that way, aren't they? The papacy promised that indulgences would cause those purchasing them to avoid the punishment their sins deserved. But this is a promise that can never be fulfilled. If the people purchasing indulgences were true believers, they should have know that Christ had already taken the full punishment for their sin. If they were not true believers, nothing will reduce the just sentence for their crime. They will suffer horribly and will suffer eternally despite the piece of paper given to them. Their indulgences will not offset their crimes.
I was amazed, as I thought about this, how humans are so eager to rely on their own actions instead of grace. Indulgences bypass grace through action, through human merit. Carbon offsets do the same, relying on self-punishment (purchasing "forgiveness" for crimes committed) to assuage guilt. By purchasing an indulgence a person neither needs to regret nor change his behavior. He can simply buy forgiveness in the form of a piece of paper. The same is true with carbon offsets. A person can continue to drive his SUV and fly around the world in a private jet, but have his conscience clear because he has offset his guilt with the offsets he purchases. If we ever reach the point where we are forced by the government to purchase carbon offsets, it is the poor who will suffer and the rich who will benefit. There will be no equality.
Indulgences and carbon offsets showed me something. Somewhere in the human heart is something that demands justice, but demands a perverted justice. It demands a justice that is so human, so flawed. It demands a justice that does not rely on grace.