Muscular Christianity?

Muscular Christianity?

Well, I’m busy with this week’s sermon, after the helpful comments on my post last week Helicopter gunships in Joel – a plea for help :) though none critiquing what I actually preached :( I am tempted to make this post too a plea for assistance ;)

Instead, I’ll just note that my theme is that “The Bible is Perspicuous” and I plan to illustrate the theme and turn what risked being a lecture back into a sermon by looking at Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scripture and Salvation…

I’m attaching the slides again, and any comments or suggestions would be welcome :)

I’ll also say, that despite the fervour with which guys (but not often women – I wonder why, are most women too sensible?) from the US of A debate the details of “inerrancy” I really find that concept – even when qualified into safety by someone as skillful and provocative as John Hobbins – quite cold and uninspiring – when wielded by a mouth-foaming hearty muscular Evangelical (usually with a very big E) it is just terrifying! By contrast “perspicuity” is a peacemaker, patient, kind and gentle, though with a heart of steel. Just think of Menno Simons saying:

The Word is plain and needs no interpretation: namely, thou shalt love the  Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and  thy neighbor as thyself. Mt. 22:37, 39. Again, you shall give bread to the  hungry and entertain the needy. Is. 58:7

Who can claim to have mastered such a Scripture?

Image (poster at top of post) details:
Title: Strong in the strength of the Lord. We who fight in the people’s cause will never stop until that cause is won
Artist: Martin, David Stone
Issuing Agency: United States. Office of War Information
Publisher: U. S. Government Printing Office
Date: 1942
Genre: War posters
Extent: 1 print (poster) : color
Description: Three muscular arms, one holding a gun, the others holding tools reach upward together.
Notes: U.S. Government Printing Office : 1942–O-488341; OWI Poster No. 8
Period: World War, 1939-1945
Subjects: Christianity; Patriotism; Propaganda
BPL Department: Print Department
Rights: Public Domain

2 comments on “Perspicuity

  1. Peter Kirk

    One reason you won’t find much debate of inerrancy, or anything else, on John Hobbins’ blog is that he routinely disallows comments by women. See this complaint by Suzanne McCarthy, who does blog about such matters.

  2. Tim

    I am aware of the situation between Suzanne and John, I am sad to see two people whose writing I respect unable to “talk” to eachother, I once tried to get some reconciliation but un-successfully. However sad this is, it does not diminish the quality of the writing and though of either of the participants and so I will continue to read, and sometimes to link to both of them.

    On inerrancy I am NOT looking for debate about the term, personally I am delighted that such a sterile debate has not really reached NZ :)