Re: Why post-Christian?

From: Howard J. Van Till <>
Date: Tue Jun 08 2004 - 10:11:34 EDT

On 6/6/04 11:20 PM, "Innovatia" <> wrote:

> Second, the "rising powers of science", while a significant cultural-change
> factor, is hardly a (or the) dominant one. The rise of consolidated power in
> the hands of the wicked has much more to do with it.

Referring to one's opposition as "the wicked" is an all too familiar
rhetorical strategy. As I recall, Saddam Hussein frequently referred to the
US as the "Great Satan of the West." Name-calling has seldom been a fruitful
approach. Would it not be better to deal with specific issues, each on their
own particular merit?
> Third, I presume "the revelation" is biblical instruction.

Actually, not. The author of the paragraph I quoted would say that the
biblical text is only a human and, as such, fallible report of divine
revelation. The term "revelation" would, for him, be reserved for the
individual human's experience of God's presence and the insight derived from
it at the moment.

> If I understand
> this correctly, the author is saying that Christians in sci/tech have not
> seen to it sufficiently that the scientific powers in civilization have been
> applied according to scriptural instruction.

Once again, the author would focus on the actual experience of divine
revelation here and now, not on a human report of what someone else may have
experienced at a different time and place.

> We haven't. We have not raised
> our voices as Christians enough about the increasingly oppressive and
> otherwise evil consequences to which technology is now being put.

That is probably correct.

Howard Van Till
Received on Tue Jun 8 10:35:44 2004

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