Friday, September 25, 2015

The Galli Report ~ September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015    

What's Wrong with Marrying One's Father?
Earlier this year, an article in New York Magazine featured a story involving an 18-year-old woman who plans to marry and have children with her father. When the interviewer asked her to respond to those who might question her relationship, she offered the following reply:
"I just don't understand why I'm judged for being happy. We are two adults who brought each other out of dark places ... When you are 18 you know what you want. You're an adult under the law and you're able to consent."
If you wonder exactly what's wrong with her moral reasoning, read this.
 
One Small Step for Civil Discourse
I regularly find myself puzzled by liberal friends, who consider themselves open- and fair-minded, but seem clueless about the substance of a conservative argument. Likewise, I find myself disheartened by conservative friends, who consider themselves intelligent and reasonable, but seem ignorant of what liberals actually believe. We can chalk some of this up to human nature: we all prefer having our views reinforced to confronting a challenging argument. But we live in a time of myopic political discourse, with mocking and misrepresenting other views as the order of the day.
"The Decline and Fall of American Political Debate"—which looks at how we got to this point—argues that "our fragmentation and insularity has reached a dangerous tipping point: we no longer agree on what's real."
Author John Daniel Davidson includes cultural critic Camille Paglia's solution:
It is everyone's obligation, whatever your political views, to look at both liberal and conservative news sources every single day. You need a full range of viewpoints to understand what is going on in the world.
Can I get an "amen"?
 
Thomas Merton on Radical Grace
I don't usually associate grace with Merton, but this excerpt suggests otherwise. It's not exactly an easy read. But take the trouble to read it, and then thank God that "it is for freedom that Christ has set us free" (Gal. 5:1, NIV).
 
The Bible Is Not Self-Help Therapy
Most of us evangelicals have been nurtured on small group Bible studies and sermons that emphasize the Bible as a practical guide for living. We're each taught to read the Bible so we can discern "what it means to me." In this essay, I argue that, for all the warm piety this approach engenders, it turns Christianity into little more than a self-help therapy with a spiritual covering. It's time we take the Bible for what it primarily is: the revelation of who God is and what he has done for us in Christ, and what he will do in the end for the flourishing of the world.
To read the Bible like that will, of course, lead to many a practical application, the chief one being a deep sense of wonder and gratitude that will infect us with the love of neighbor.
 
Grace and peace,
 
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor, Christianity Today

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