Category Archives: Ethics

The Benedict Option considered again

I have been thinking about what is called the Benedict Option for a while. It is Rod Dreher’s proposal for Christians to strategically withdraw from the political culture wars.  Last August in the midst of America’s train-wreck of an election, I … Continue reading

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Levenson-love as reciprocal loyalty

In The Love of God, Jon Levenson uses the Amarna Letters to talk about the love of God for us. He has used the ancient suzerainty treaties as the source for the biblical notion of love. In those treaties the … Continue reading

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Lee-Barnewall–Genesis and Ephesians on marriage

In Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian, Michelle Lee-Barnewall has two chapters on marriage. The complementarian-egalitarian battle in evangelical churches has been about both ecclesiastical roles and domestic roles for men and women. To engage with the domestic relations question, she deals … Continue reading

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Lee-Barnewall–egalitarian usefulness

I am continuing to write about Michelle Lee- Barnewall’s Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian. She talks about the women’s suffrage movement as one of the social reform movements that grew out of 19th century activism. However, she does not talk about how … Continue reading

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Lee-Barnewall–historical reflections on gender and evangelicalism

I am reading Michelle Lee-Barnewall’s Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian. She talks about the late 19th century as a time when the idea that a woman’s place was in the home became dominant. Before men went to factories and offices to … Continue reading

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Nonresistance and context

The Resistance is the name now used for die-hard opposition to the Trump administration. It recalls the partisans, particularly in France, who resisted the Nazi occupation. Sometimes this resistance has been violent. When the press reports a “mostly peaceful” protest, … Continue reading

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I judge Fidel Castro

Who is a good person and who is a bad person? I was thinking about King David, a morally ambiguous historical figure. I was also thinking about Fidel Castro, a leader who some remember as a great leader in spite … Continue reading

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