Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dear God, am I a Liberal?--An Outline

In this blog I will outline:

Robert Capon's effect on my thinking and therefore the importance of choosing your influences wisely.

My recent thoughts on Catholic Theology and why maybe it's all ok and God isn't bugged by theological error.

People who do this kind of talking get run out on a RAIL from their families and communities/churches, so if I can, if you don't mind, I'd like to avoid that. But seriously, keep in mind that writers write to figure out what they're thinking. I'm not wedded to these ideas, I wouldn't espouse them as absolute truth. I'm exploring ideas. If that's fun and interesting to you then please join me. If it hurts your soul and makes you question my allegiances and eternal destination, well--I understand. I used to be one of you. But I'm much more relaxed over here, so you, uptight one, clenched one, should try it.

This blog has been in the making for about a week. I caught more of a vision for it tonight, so I thought I would share this. With any luck, sometime in the next week, I will post the blog in its entirety. In that blog I will fully flesh out these ideas that I'm wrestling with. Should be a fun time.

Oh, and to answer the question posed in the title: The answer is no. I don't think that I'm a liberal at all. The reason I said it is because I think that just about every theologically conservative person I know would accuse me of being a liberal (which I am not) for saying what I want to say, hence the title.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Passing of a Hero

A hero passed today. Many in my community will only know him as the guy who wrote that awful anti-Christian/Jewish/Muslim book, "God Is Not Great", but he was so much more than that. The book actually represents his greatest strength: Not fearing to speak his mind.

Christopher Hitchins was just as likely to offend the Left as he was the Right. I first discovered him in the early years after 9/11 when he was harping on the dangers of Islamic Fascism. I'm all for being against Islamic Fascism, so I found a friend in Christopher. But I quickly found out that he was no Conservative. I was intrigued. So I read his book, "Letters to a Young Contrarian." In that book he revealed himself to be more complicated and nuanced than almost anyone else is willing to be. He's certainly a champion of the Left, but he was ready at the drop of a hat to condemn his Leftist compatriots if he felt they had gone off the rails.

Hitchins was passionately atheistic, and God bless him for being so open and insistent about it. He sincerely felt that belief in God was a detriment to the world. It's a common sentiment that goes unexpressed in a world where the overwhelming majority of its citizens believe in a higher power. Others are content to talk sports and the weather, rather than get to the heart of what we hold dear and makes us tick.

It's not easy making friends if you're willing to be as openly honest as Christopher Hitchins was. Of course I didn't always agree with him--but I knew he wasn't putting anyone on--he called them as he saw them.

For some reason most of us avoid that kind of behavior.