Friday Roundup

  • The current problem in one short paragraph…

“Consequently, today we tend to have a combination of “right-wing” Hobbesian liberalism in economics with “left-wing” Rousseauian liberalism in culture. Though the two appear in media politics to be at odds, this is a charade to prevent us from seeing that no democratic debate actually exists: nearly all of us are economically right, culturally left, but liberal either way and in secret collusion.”

  • What do Nietzsche and evangelism have to do with each other?
  • Good take on the events in North Carolina.

“He was also an avowed atheist and had expressed contempt for all faiths, including Islam. Hicks had posted passages from famed atheist Richard Dawkins and “liked” Sam Harris’s Facebook page, both of which have spewed hateful comments about Islam. Dawkins has condemned the attack on Twitter.”

Of course Dawkins would condemn the killing, but I am reminded of Beckett’s death:

“It took six years before Becket felt safe enough to return to England. However, they [he and King Henry] quickly fell out again when Becket asked the pope to excommunicate the Archbishop of York who had taken sides with the king. This was a very serious request and a very serious punishment for someone who could claim that he was only being loyal to the king. Henry was furious when he found out what Becket had done. He is said to have shouted out “will no-one rid me of this troublesome priest?” Four knights heard what Henry had shouted and took it to mean that the king wanted Becket dead. They rode to Canterbury to carry out the deed.”

“Hateful comments” heard by those not blessed with much intelligence, wisdom, or needless to say, compassion, from the mouths of those they respect can often lead to evil.  This is something we all need to be aware of, both atheist and Christian or theist.  King Henry was as much a party to this murder as the sword wielding knights.  Words can kill.  Maybe everyone (Christians included—in fact, especially Christians) should lower the volume and think about the environment their words create and how others might perceive them.

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