The Lamp Post is a collection of recent news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention. If you see something that you believe should be in The Lamp Post, tweet it to me at @WardrobeDoor with the hashtag #LampPost.
Atlantic: The Evangelical Persecution Complex
Alan Noble brings up some needed points in the discussion of Christian interaction in culture.
As evangelical morality increasingly comes into conflict with dominant cultural mores, evangelicals need to be even more careful about the debates we chose to engage in, the rights we chose to assert, and the hills we choose to die on. Too much is at stake for evangelicals to waste our resources and credibility on frivolous and occasionally self-provoked “injustices.” Imagined offenses drummed up by sensationalists and fear-mongers should be exposed and denied. At times, even legitimate offenses should be overlooked, when they are petty. By focusing attention on real and substantial incidences of persecution, evangelicals will be much more effective at educating their neighbors and fighting for truly important matters of religious liberty.
What does it look like to be a Christian with same-sex attraction?
For years, those who were gay or struggled with homosexuality felt like they had few good options: leave their faith, ignore their sexuality or try to change. But as groups like Exodus have become increasingly unpopular, Rodgers is among those who embrace a different model: celibate gay Christians, who seek to be true to both their sexuality and their faith.
Federalist: Why Do Secularists Hate Kids’ Imaginations?
A study that asserted religious kids could not tell the difference between fantasy and religious stories was full of so many holes and assumptions. This piece highlights one of them – the undervaluing of the imagination.
When a kindergartener scoffs at ghosts and fairies (and God), we can’t really suppose that their views are the product of careful, critical consideration. Rather, they have an inchoate awareness of the kinds of things modern people believe. Secular children have imbibed a spirit of reflexive disbelief long before they have the ability to evaluate the evidence for themselves.
Just because you used to believe something for a illogical reason, that does not require everyone who believes that thing also believes it because of that same bad justification.
Because they used to be hateful and insecure in their former intellectual position, everybody must be. Because their opinion was held on the basis of flawed, prejudiced reasoning, everybody’s must be. What never seems to occurs to them is that you could hold a moral opposition to same-sex marriage all the while having no lack of personal warmth, goodwill, and so forth towards gay people. Or, that you could read some of that same scholarship and simply disagree on other intellectual grounds. And yet that really is the case. It’s like a child who only used to believe the earth revolved round the sun because his mom told him it was spun about by great strings and wires, but upon discovering that there were no strings and wires, thereby came to believe there were no other reasons to believe such a notion.
People buy because of previous reputation and social status. A cheap Casio watch is deemed desirable and quality because an Apple sticker was added to it.