Christianity: Now It’s “the Other”

Have you noticed how our secularists often talk about Christian cultural norms and people the way they would talk about a remote tribe in sub-Saharan Africa, only with less respect? For them, the central ideas and stories of the Western Tradition are “the Other.” Take, for example, this well-meaning art critic who recognizes the greatness of the medieval artist Duccio: even while encouraging appreciation of Jesus Opens the Eyes of a Man Born Blind (1311), he feels compelled to devote part of his presentation to how inaccessible medieval art is in general, referring to the Gospels’ miracles as “bizarre tall tales.” How provincial! When barbarians are running the show as now, we ordinary Christians have a responsibility to become guardians of culture. So turn off your TV and read a classic.

Speaking of  barbarity, here’s a writer who’s thrilled that murdering babies is about to become a lot easier. Here’s another who can’t seem to figure out why the policies of massive government debt he recommended haven’t saved the world.

More evidence that our culture is completely screwed up: When someone talks a would-be armed robber out of his crime by invoking Jesus’ name, the story makes it into the AP’s “Strange News” feed.

Lawrence Boadt (1942-2010), who for better or worse tried to get Christians to read the Bible like modern Jews in his book Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction, has died. RIP.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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