Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Opus 3, Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Monday I saw an interesting headline on the Drudge Report.  (Drudge Report is a summery of current headlines that link to the articles.  If you have never seen it, check it out here.)  It informed us that Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens had debated about religion.  Tuesday I checked back and it was no longer linked.  I guess it wasn’t a big hit. (yes, that was a pun)

There are times when I scratch my head and wonder, “Whaaaaaat?”  Christopher Hitchens I can understand.  I have heard him enough to know that he is a professional hater of religion.  To him it is undiluted evil, period.  Okay.  I have also heard him enough to know that his research is not always impeccable, but that is a story for another day.  He is an “expert” in the field.

But Tony Blair?  I have some respect for him as a previous Prime Minister of England, but since when did he become an authority on Christianity?  He is a recent convert to Catholicism.  Fine, that does not disqualify him.  I am one of those Protestants that feels Catholics are Christians.  I find them wrong on many points, but they are followers of Christ.  But this is wrong on two points.  If he is a recent convert then he wasn’t too convinced about what he believed before.  Strike one.  If he is a recent convert he doesn’t know enough about the Catholic church to be and expert.  Strike two. 

I don’t have a third strike, but two should be enough to make the point.  I’m sure it is a great PR stunt, but what could possibly be resolved?  Maybe you should go back to watching Dancing with the Stars.

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