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February 10, 2011

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"Christianity isn't something to be reinvented. It's something we are stewards of from one generation to the next. There is a truth about Christianity that isn't up for revision."

Christianity is continually being reinvented? Do I need to list examples? Long list.......

I wanted to write a witty post on the irony of this book, but I'm afraid that as soon as I do, Frank Beckwith will post a much funnier quip.
Uh hem, Frank?

Dodgy

"Christianity is continually being reinvented? Do I need to list examples? Long list......."

Are you sure your list isn't filled with examples of distortions, or clarifications of Christianity instead of reinvention? I suspect that this may be a more precise characterization of that list.

Louis

If its the word of God why does any of it need clarification? Hilarious.
I have no doubt that you would hand wave away my examples as distortions or clarifications (i.e. not large enough to be classed as reinvention) but the fact that ANY of it has changed, and there are so many different versions makes a mockery of Melindas point.

Geocentrism. Whats the handwave de jour for that debacle?

Louis

"If its the word of God why does any of it need clarification?"

The flaw is not in the message but in the recipient of that message. When you encounter a superior being, it makes perfect sense that you are unlikely to fully understand fully and would need a whole truck-full of clarifications. Some would certainly have the nature of a foundation of knowledge upon which the ideas being conveyed rested.

"Hilarious."

Logical.

"I have no doubt that you would hand wave away my examples as distortions or clarifications (i.e. not large enough to be classed as reinvention) but the fact that ANY of it has changed,"

My suspicions can either be confirmed or denied by evidence presented. Since it is you who claim that the original message has changed, you had better have pretty compelling evidence to support your claim.

" and there are so many different versions makes a mockery of Melindas point."


If you mean denominations you are speaking of differences that often do not make sufficient impact in the central message to make it a wholly reinvented religion. For that to happen, the central doctrines would have to be changed and in so doing, you would end up with something other than Christianity. This would make it a new religion, not Christianity. I don't think that Christianity lends itself easily to reinvention as you seem to think. The central tenets would disqualify such an reinvention as heresy.


"Geocentrism. Whats the handwave de jour for that debacle?"


If I were to believe in Geocentrism, in what way would that be a reinvention of Christianity? What important or even critical doctrine that define Christianity would that change? Of course, I would be mistaken as the solar system is heliocentric. However, Jesus was not preaching geocentrism, nor did he come to this earth to do so. There is no indication from his disciples that he did.

"Don't call it a comeback." Isn't that a line from LL Cool J:

Don't call it a comeback
I been here for years
Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear
Makin the tears rain down like a MON-soon
Listen to the bass go BOOM
Explosion, overpowerin
Over the competition, I'm towerin
Wreckin shop, when I drop these lyrics that'll make you call the cops
Don't you dare stare, you betta move
Don't ever compare
Me to the rest that'll all get sliced and diced
Competition's payin the price

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