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A humiliating month

The Pillory, from The Costume of Great Britain (1805)

It’s been quite a month in the #MeToo era.

  • Bill Cosby was convicted of three counts of sexual assault.
  • Eric Schneiderman resigned as New York Attorney General after three women accuse him of physically assaulting them.
  • Pope Francis told a Chilean victim of clergy sexual abuse, “I was part of the problem, I caused this, and I apologize to you.”
  • The bishops of Chile, another part of the problem, submitted their resignations.
  • Michigan State agreed to pay $500 million to the victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, the physicians who sexually abused hundred of female gymnasts in the guise of providing medical treatment.
  • The elders of Willow Creek apologized for casting doubt on women’s allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of departing senior pastor Bill Hybels
  • Paige Patterson, denigrator of women, was relieved of the presidency of Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • “The judgment of God has come,” wrote Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Judgment has now come to the house of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
  • Harvey Weinstein left a New York Police Department precinct in handcuffs.
  • And then there was Morgan Freeman, the Voice of God Himself.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up, saith the Epistle of James. This Memorial Day, let us remember the boons of humiliation.

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Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service

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  • Luke 1

    “My soul magnifies the Lord,
    47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
    49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
    50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
    51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
    52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
    53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
    54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
    55 as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

  • Women’s rights happen to be going backward at a faster clip in the #metoo era than any other recent era. #metoo is just in the news. Trumpism is the steam roller. Wake up, women. You are not winning. You are losing.

  • Or let us remember that God loves us and died for us, so we don’t need to any longer, should we accept His offer

  • Indeed, he has. He tweets daily from The White House and little ladies everywhere had better be paying attention. Decades of progress are evaporating before your (and their) eyes.

  • The PC-Police were never happy with all that “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” talk anyway. Too biblical for them, and they don’t like no biblicals anyway.

  • FEAR, SHAME and GUILT and COVER IT ALL UP, a standard response across the board with the “walking with god clerics” now forever walking with the common man–

    Obviously ordination in any religion is not assurance of good behavior !!!!!

    Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

    Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pedophilia are married.

    Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy “I did not have sex with that girl” Clinton, John “Marilyn Monroe” Kennedy”, And now Trump!!

    Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger “I am so sorry for getting caught” Woods.

    Neither is being an atheist or pagan or football coach since pedophilia is present in all walks of life.

    If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of “neithers” they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women, football coaches), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods, Trump), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Paterno et al ,Clinton, Cardinal Law) or child endangerment (Paterno in abstentia, Sandusky et al, Lynn) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder (“Kings David and Henry VIII).

  • “The Magnificat may or may not have been originally handed down as a psalm of Elizabeth, but neither she nor Mary ever spoke the psalm. That is already evident from the fact that the scenic framework in which it is spoken is sheer fiction. ” From Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 266.

  • I don’t think that she’s trinitarian. She appears to be a Jesus Only believer. She deleted her posts, packed up and fled. She’s afraid of being found out by you mainstream conservatives.

  • There is nothing I’ve read of hers that would lead me to believe she is not trinitarian.

    A user cannot delete his or her own comments.

  • The entire account has been deleted. I went and looked in stories about Bishop Curry where I know that she posted and they all say, “This comment was deleted.” You know that it was her post because the posts in response mention her by name.

    Interesting.

    There were plenty of things she wrote that alerted me to the possibility she isn’t trinitarian. Especially when she constantly said that Jesus said this and that in the OT. Or it was Jesus who said that in the OT. It’s Jesus speaking in the OT and the NT.

  • I see that she deleted her account.

    After some of the comments she took I can understand why.

    When she deleted her account, posts she made that had not been archived show “”This comment was deleted.”

    Those that had already been archived show her as “Guest”.

    I am unconvinced she is not trinitarian, but I am not sure what difference it would make.

  • She has an active account, but it appears it is a new one.

    Given the beatings she took, I can have some idea of why she did this.

  • Tigers don’t change their stripes, it won’t be long until we figure out the knew account.

  • She gave as good or better than she got.

    If she isn’t trinitarian, then she isn’t an orthodox Christian. Some would say not Christian at all. It’s like claiming to be Christian and not baptizing or celebrating the Eucharist (Salvation Army.)

  • Indeed. I have blocked more than one creepy commenter who seemed more interested in other commenters’ personal lives and information than in addressing their arguments substantively.

  • If you say so. Perhaps go read about the Jesus Only or the Oneness folks in the Wiki, so you perhaps know about what you speak.

  • Better yet, how about simply checking out the Gospels themselves instead of someone else’s opinion about it?

    –I and the Father are one. John 10:30.

    –Very truly I tell you, before Abraham was, I AM. John 8:58.

  • The Nicene creed affirms that Jesus is of
 one
 substance
 with
 the
 Father,
 by
 whom
 all
 things
 were
 made. And that is different from Jesus’ claims recorded in the gospels, how?

  • Normally they don’t, but the Jesus Only, Oneness folks don’t see it that way.Until you understand their beliefs you’re just talking through your hat.

  • So, I should wait seven days and then ask:

    “Was ‘trinitarian’ last week’s vocabulary word?”?

  • “Oneness folks” can see it however they want. I’m really only interested in scripture, thanks just the same.

  • So why did you jump into a conversation that you know nothing about! What were you trying to prove? It’s bizarre what you do at times, you add your two cents and then state you don’t care what the conversation is really about.

  • Because, obviously, you claimed that identifying Christ with the God of the OT contradicts trinitarianism and the Nicene creed. It clearly does not.

    Whether or not there is some group out there that “sees it differently” is neither here nor there.

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