As a left wing Christian, the thing that makes me most furious about the rise of the Christian right is that it has given the impression that Christians are inherently right wing, which is a load of rubbish. Go back a couple of decades and the most politically active part of the church was the decidedly left-wing Catholic church in Latin America.
Edit: I still vividly recall a meeting at our church about 5-7 years ago, when a visiting right-wing speaker started talking as if his political point of view was inherently correct and what all good Christians would think. A man from our church best described as the 'ageing hippy' type could barely contain his outrage - not at the guest's point of view, but at his arrogance of attitude to think that his political views were inherently Christian.
Originally posted by treetalk It's quite interesting how many of the right-wingers from 'Debates' are Christians ...
These right wing Christians should get acquainted with the Social Doctrine of the Church. It is about time for them not only to advocate Christian stances concerning abortion, euthanasia and stem-cell research but also concerning social policies. These teachings are more left wing than what the US Dems and the UK Labour Party have produced in this field:
THE PRINCIPLES OF
THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
Originally posted by BigDoggProblem Is it? Consider his parables that end with poor saps getting cast into the outer darkness, or his cursing the fig tree, or his laying the smack down on the money-changers in the temple...
Must it really have brown text on a brown background? Someone fire off an encylical on proper webpage contrast, Stat!
1) Isn't the Bible long enough? I've read that several times, you know. Can't you defend it directly without dropping another tome in my lap?
2) The bloody thing is 138,323 words long and 305 pages when pasted into MS Word!
3) There is nothing in there about "money changers" or "outer darkness" (not even the word 'outer' by itself!). All those words and yet nothing about the topics I raised?