Why, then, do so many insist on an ‘egalitarian view of sin’? There may be several reasons working together.
First, many Christians are overeager to do whatever they can to soften criticisms from homosexualist advocates. The latter, many of whom are very good at being outraged at anything that disagrees with their agenda, go bonkers when they hear homosexual practice described as a severe sin.
This is from Robert Gagnon, author of the indispensable The Bible and Homosexual Practice, a book which is required reading before commenting on this subject. This link is mainly for reference.
Egalitarianism leads first to the view of sin equality, and then to the idea of no sin, then to the idea of Man as god. And then to The End.
Fifteen scholars on the editorial board of Third World Quarterly have resigned over the publication of a controversial essay, according to the their resignation letter. Their departures leave the journal, which publishes essays from the field of international studies, short nearly half of its editorial board.
The essay is by Bruce Gilley, a political scientist at Portland State University, and is titled “The Case for Colonialism.” It argues that the idea that Western colonialism harmed colonized countries and their people is largely exaggerated.
He was called a “racist” etc. etc. Sniffy, sniffy. The politicization of politics is dog-bites-man, so the real story here is the faux hissy fit tuned to bring official opinion back into line.
For fun, I read Gilley’s paper (no link), which is harmless. Here’s the Abstract.
For the last 100 years, Western colonialism has had a bad name. It is high time to question this orthodoxy. Western colonialism was, as a general rule, both objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate in most of the places where it was found, using realistic measures of those concepts. The countries that embraced their colonial inheritance, by and large, did better than those that spurned it. Anti-colonial ideology imposed grave harms on subject peoples and continues to thwart sustained development and a fruitful encounter with modernity in many places. Colonialism can be recovered by weak and fragile states today in three ways: by reclaiming colonial modes of governance; by recolonising some areas; and by creating new Western colonies from scratch.
Gilley points out how well e.g. Singapore is doing. What the paper is not, and the reason I think for the row, is self-flagellating. Just like “climate change”, nothing good can ever have come out of colonialism. To even hint that it wasn’t the ultimate evil is itself said to be evil.
The article’s formal withdrawal concludes a month-long controversy that saw its author, Portland State associate professor of political science Bruce Gilley, at the center of an international firestorm culminating in threats of violence against both him and the journal’s editor-in-chief, Shahid Qadir.
Item Are Our Schools Overdosing on Self-Esteem? (ellipsis original).
Our society is hypersensitive about self-esteem. We quake in fear at the slightest hint of hurting someone’s feelings. In elementary classrooms in Ontario where I live there has to be a safe zone for children to have their temper tantrums when the teacher tells them that their behavior is unacceptable. Universities are providing safe zones and trigger warnings so that we don’t hurt someone’s feelings. Modern society has enshrined our emotions and feelings. This is exemplified in our public and many private schools. The assembly didn’t finish with a song giving glory back to God or a hymn in honor of our Blessed Mother—no, rather the students sang a song about…themselves.
What was that about Man as god? Thanks to Father Rickert for the link.
A new study published today by the head of New York University’s Steinhart Music Business Program casts a sobering outlook on the future of terrestrial radio.
In the 30-page report, Larry Miller argues that traditional radio has failed to engage with Generation Z — people born after 1995 — and that its influence and relevance will continue to be subsumed by digital services unless it upgrades. Key points made in the study include:
*Generation Z, which is projected to account for 40% of all consumers in the U.S. by 2020, shows little interest in traditional media, including radio, having grown up in an on-demand digital environment;
As dooms go, this one is small, but still of interest. The full report is at the link, and it’s conclusion is music music music music, music music: music. The author is right that the kiddies aren’t “discovering” their mind-rotting sounds via radio much anymore, and will do so less in the future. He also warns, correctly I believe, that as newer cars are bought, there will be a further deemphasis on radio, because newer cars will link with people’s thinking suppression devices, as a means to deliver more…music. The author dismisses standard “talk radio” by saying it isn’t music.
Large companies own too many stations, and thus create too many centralized networks, with MBAs responsible for the programming; they also stifle competition, thus helping in their own demise. Local shows, with local features, might restore some radio. Not to a point where loads of money will be made. But enough to make modest livings. The real problem, then, is that the content on (AM) radio is not worth listening to.