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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Re: “An exercise in logic and theology,” by Caleb Slabach (Oct. 9 commentary):
I realize the writer is only in high school. But, to his credit, I’ve heard this same nonsense spouted by many adults.
He argues that Christians are not “people who use the Bible to support their own ideologies,” then argues for the rest of his essay that the Bible is the source of his ideology.
He lectures on the definition of “a straw man argument,” then later claims if we do not believe that people choose their sexuality, we must also believe that “homicides or rapes” should not be considered crimes.
He claims that, even as a high school student, he knows the difference between a “biblical scholar” and an “academic elitist.” The first, of course, is almost any evangelical; the second, an Episcopal bishop.
He insists, “Tolerance has become the excuse for discrimination,” then bemoans, “Our culture is tolerant of everything — except intolerance.” In other words, just because I discriminate against other people is no reason they should discriminate against me.
He does admit, however, “young men . . . are often rightly characterized in the Bible as being rash and foolish.” A very good point. If he’s not careful, it might also happen in the newspaper.
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