Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gungor on Rob Bell, Dualities, and Meanies

Male/Female. Republican/Democrat. Smoker/Non-smoker. Christian/Non-Christian. Catholic/Protestant. Calvinist/Arminian.

There are so many dualities that we often feel like we have to categorize ourselves into. I wonder if it’s because choosing between two options is, well, simple. If you don’t want women to have abortions, well then you must be a Republican. If you really care about taking care of poor people or the environment, well then you must be a Democrat.

The thing is that there are deeper ways of thinking that don’t get stuck in certain types of either/or dualities. You can be a pro-life person that votes democrat, and you can be a pro-environment person that votes republican. You can love some things that John Calvin taught and not be a Calvinist. You can have problems with the traditional views taught about hell and not be a Universalist. Mature, thinking adults should ... Read the full article here.

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