Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tibet, Kosovo, and the Olympics - Living up to Our Values

Lost in the news of election coverage, Spitzergate, and Barak’s pastoral issues there has been a major protest in Tibet, led again apparently by some very brave Buddhist monks.  Of course, it will be crushed or short-circuted.  Chinese Communist rulers have not survived all these years, including the days after Tinemman Square in 1989 (one of the saddest of my life - as a college student watching coverage, hoping that the people of China would be free, only to see those young people - my age - trounced by tanks and the army). 

So what are we to do, those who say we value human rights?

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Posted by Christopher on 03/15 at 01:27 PM
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Friday, March 14, 2008

A Primer on Black Theology and Question for Senator Obama

I just got connected to the news nets today and Drudge and discovered that there is a big blowup about Jeremiah Wright, PhD the pastor of Barak Obama.  I knew the Trinity United Church of Christ was an Afro-Centric church, focused on black theology.  But I was very surprised to hear the actual comments of Dr. Wright on the Hugh Hewitt Show today (best show on radio ever).

Well, what do I think, especially as a theologian?

[Author’s Note:  Throughout this I will be using Black when I talk about identity, as Black Theology does, and African American when speaking about the larger community of Americans of African descent]

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Posted by Christopher on 03/14 at 01:20 PM
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Giving to The Navigators - The Roving Theologian is not speaking as Navigator Staff when he writes

The Roving Theologian in his work life works for The Navigators.  Let me state right now: THE VIEWS OF THE ROVINGTHEOLOGIAN DO NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE NAVIGATORS.

There said that.  But if you would like to support Christopher’s work with The Navigators (staff are supported through the generosity of donors), you can do so at http://www.navigators.org/us/support/staff?_piref1261_22816092_1261_22816085_22816085.__ora_navig=pageFlow%3DviewStaff%26staffSearch%3DChristopher%2BMorton Thanks!

Posted by Christopher on 03/13 at 03:06 PM
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What About Homosexuality - An Addendum

I made a rather lengthy post yesterday about Hugh Hewitt and his ongoing discussion with E.J. Dionne.  One reader (thank Tom!) pointed out that I may be incorrect about Jesus saying “nothing” about homosexuality.  Not only was his point interesting, but it illustrates how the discussion is framed in the West these days.

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Posted by Christopher on 03/13 at 02:15 PM
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Why “Experts” Never Agree with Normal People - Calling my Friend Brandon Fibbs a Film Snob

I have a friend who used to live in Colorado Springs, moved to New York for film school and now is living in D.C.  Brandon is a very smart fellow, and a great movie reviewer (hint: visit his website, http://www.brandonfibbs.com/). 

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However, I offended Brandon with my response to his Top 10 Films of 2007.  To put if frankly, I had not seen any of the films on his list and gave him my top ten.  Well, Brandon called me on it and said, “Well duh, if you have not seen them, how do you know they are not better than what you saw?” (paraphrase, Brandon is far kinder than that).

However, there was a deeper issue at work than film taste.  In essence, I had marked Brandon out as an elitist.  And, lets be honest, on films he is (I say that with generosity and love). [It should be noted that I have also teased Brandon because it is clear that he and his wife are yet childless, because, as the father of three kids 6 and under, I don’t get to see many films and those I do, usually are animated.]

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Posted by Christopher on 03/13 at 11:13 AM
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Greetings to Hugh Hewitt Readers

Many thanks to Hugh Hewitt for linking to me from his website after my post on his discussion with E.J. Dionne.  Being a theologian and cultural researcher means I lousy at changing my oil, but I am glad that it meant that Hugh thought my comments reading and having his readers do likewise.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

EJ. Dionne, Hugh Hewitt and What Seperates conservative Christians andLiberal Christians on politics

Hugh Hewitt, America’s smartest and best talk show host, is doing a mutipart interview with E.J. Dionne, a man of the Left who is also a committed Roman Catholic, about his new book.  Tonight was part 3 of the interviews (I think it is always Wednesday the 2nd hour, 5pm here in Colorado on 1460 KTLK). 

E.J. is a man I would love to have coffee with, but he is treading into my area of expertise - theology, culture and their interrelationship.  So, here is what I have to say about his idea that if we could just get past abortion and talk theologically rather than politically that we could see more unity between the sides.  Improbable?  Cataclysmic?  In the adapted words of Bill Murrey in Ghostbusters “Pat Robertson and Jim Wallis living together - mass hysteria!

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Posted by Christopher on 03/12 at 11:29 PM
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An Interesting Read - David Mamet on the Conversion to Clear Thinking

I regularly read lots of article each day, but some are more interesting than others.  Thanks to Drudge I came across this little piece from David Mamet, reknowned playwrite, and now former liberal.

His assumptions about life, about people, about government are all ones that at some point everyone holds.  We want to think that government is there to help us, we want to think people are good.  But the fact is, people are endowed with selfishness and pride, and do not always act for the good, no matter how much schooling they get (hello Elliott Spitzer). And government is made up of people. He makes about as convincing an argument as I have heard for the free market view of life in one article.  Read and enjoy (warning, he does swear, this is the Village Voice afterall).

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0811,374064,374064,1.html/full

Posted by Christopher on 03/12 at 03:26 PM
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