The meandering thoughts of Charlie Dean
thats so sad. Interestingly enough, in my first lesson in my Hermeneutics class this semester, we studied that passage in Timothy. If one takes the time to consider what the text is really talking about, they will find that Paul is really talking about the women in Ephesus who recently converted, not mature women of the faith.
sad that that ended up on cnn.com
i have three thoughts on this...1. there is probably more to this story than we know. i'm not sure we can trust CNN to give us an unbiased story, particularly regarding christianity.2. what if that church has taken this view? whether we agree or disagree, we should appreciate that they are acting consistently. i don't think we want to get to a point where we crucify everyone who acts based on their new/changed understanding of a passage... (particularly if that new/changed understanding goes against traditional understandings)3. here we go again, eating our own.
Dave,You're probably right, there is more to this -- in fact, the last line suggests that there may have been other issues.And, at some level, I appreciate their integrity to stand by what they understand the text to mean.And for the record, I didn't mean this to be a "they're so dumb" kind of post, but a "this is an unusual action."At the end of the day, if they really believe that way, they have to act, regardless of what the prevailing culture thinks.
Not long ago, I would have read that article in a fury, but now I just cry. We are just so good and getting things wrong.And the comments about consistency remind me of an interview question I was asked once that I have often thought about since then. Is it better to be fair or consistent? Thoughts?
Fair or consistent?I guess fair is so subjective, that at first blush, I'd say consistent, but then I think about a referee in a football game, whom I'd rather was fair and not consistently bad...I'm not sure.
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