Come again? Left, right, or the excluded middle?
All together now — if you want to know where people who say that they are Christian believers fall on a left-to-right theological spectrum, just ask these questions:
(1) Are the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus accurate? Did this event really happen?
(2) Is salvation found through Jesus Christ, alone? Was Jesus being literal when he said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)?
(3) Is sex outside of the Sacrament of Marriage a sin?
I’ve generally respected Terry Mattingly as a fairly sensible religious columnist who has had some good things to say, but that little lot seems to have taken leave of all reason and logic.
For a start each question has at least four possible answers — Yes, No, Maybe and Don’t know.
The author of the “tmatt trio” fails to tell us which answers correspond to the left or right of the theological spectrum.
But assuming that Yes is Left and No is Right (or vice versa), that puts Maybe/Don’t know somewhere near the centre of the left-right spectrum.
And that implies that Agnosticism is at the centre, the very core of the Christian faith.
Anyone for a circumference-centred theology?
It seems to me that Americans have become so obsessed with terms like “left” and “right”, “liberal” and “conservative” and try to apply them to every conceivable (and inconceivable) thing that they have lost all ability to think.
Any suggestions for determining where hamburgers fall on a left-right spectrum?
1) Does the hamburger have cheese in it?
2) Does it have a gherkin?
3) Does it have raw or cooked onions?