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.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Opus 2012-176, Discernment Watch: Hidden Agendas, Part 2, Growing Pains

Another author that I stopped reading as I got older was Robert Heinlein.  He also told a great story and had great characters.  I read everything he wrote and enjoyed his craft.  I even bought some in hardback, new.  What stopped me reading was was a trend that emerged as his fan base brew.  He was fascinated with incest.  In a series of stories involving the same characters he had one hero who was sexually involved with his descendants.  He began to weave it more frequently into his plots. 

Recently I wondered if I had been wrong so I I reread one of Heinlein’s early works.  The dynamic of the story was still there but reading as an adult, knowing where he was going, I could see the groundwork being laid for his later advocacy of incest.  It was subtle and mentioned in passing but real.

I began to realize there was a pattern.  People who were great writers started off building a following based on their writing ability.  Often they had a hidden agenda.  It might be political.  It might be moral or religious, but it was real.  That agenda stayed hidden until they were famous enough to begin revealing it. 

Then the indoctrination began.

To be continued...

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Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.