Thursday, May 04, 2006

Dr. White on The Serpent's Lie

I found the following quotes in the May 2006 issue of First Things magazine, a Catholic religious & philosophical journal, that I thought you might be interested in. Feel free to post them to your blog if you wish. The first set of quotes are from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book, Ethics, in which he discusses why human plans for utopia are pernicious and doomed to failure: "When eternities are demanded of life, the powers of the earth readily pay the price of death in order to force life to deliver on the demand . . . . It is from beyond death that one expects the coming of the new man and of the new world, from the power by which death has been vanquished."

This quote is from the editor - in - chief of First Things, Father Richard John Neuhaus and his monthly editorial column, The Public Square. Here he is commenting on an incident in the now cancelled NBC series, the Book of Daniel in which the main character's (an Episcopal priest with a drug problem) boss, the bishop, recommends that Daniel be reprimanded by the Archbishop for his conduct. Father Neuhaus uses this incident to offer his own musings about how even liberals, despite how they seemingly begrudge all authority, need to live by some type of standard:

"After the bellicose children have taken over the house and then burned it to the ground, they still need to pretend that there is a parent who is going to call them to account. Otherwise, what is the point of rebelling?"

Father Neuhaus's comments reminded me of our earlier correspondence of how liberals seem to get all hung up over the "little things" like junk food and smoking while not making a big deal over the main problems of our society. As I said then, nature abhors a vacuum. Everyone lives by some sort of standard as everyone believes in some sort of absolute. If you knock God off of his throne, something must take his place, even if it is your own megalomaniacal ego (and after all is that not what the Fall is all about? The serpent's lie, "ye shall be as gods," is still alive and well today).

The preceeding was by the world renowed theologian Dr. White.

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Dr. White, I can't help but smell a little liberal regret! Personally I've always thought of liberals as children, but I rarely see liberals compare liberals to children. -- Woodswalk

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