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  • don bosch 9:50 am on 12/17/2014 Permalink
    Tags: christianity, Christmas   

    Good Men Project fears Christian cultural imperialism – Come see the violence inherent in the system!!!

    Earlier and earlier each year, often now following Halloween in late October, merchants and media begin proclaiming “Happy Holidays.” While many holidays, both religious and secular, occur around this time, “Happy Holidays” is in all actuality coded language for “Merry Christmas” and “Happy (Christian) New Year.” In fact, most non-Christian major holidays do not fall in December.

    How many people in the United States really care about or are even familiar with the non-Christian holidays and celebrations that fall around this time of the year? What are these “Winter Parties,” “Winter Concerts,” “Winter School Breaks,” and “Winter Vacations” really about? I would ask, how many Christians would even have heard of Chanukah had it not usually fallen in December on the Gregorian calendar? In actuality, Chanukah is a relatively minor Jewish holiday—equivalent to, say, Arbor Day.

    What we are experiencing is a form of Christian cultural imperialism (hegemony): a promotion of the larger Christian culture, celebrations, values, and beliefs. I define Christian hegemony as the overarching system of advantages bestowed on Christians. It is the institutionalization of a Christian norm or standard, which establishes and perpetuates the notion that all people are or should be Christian, thereby privileging Christians and Christianity and excluding the needs, concerns, cultural practices, and life experiences of people who do not define themselves as Christian. Often overt though at times subtle, Christian hegemony is oppression by intent and design, as well as by neglect, omission, erasure and distortion.

    He forget misogynistic paternalism

    America’s version of Christmas left Bethlehem for Santa’s workshop a long time ago. So I’m just gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that as a kid, the author didn’t get something he really wanted for Christmas.

  • don bosch 8:08 am on 11/20/2014 Permalink
    Tags: christianity, ,   

    Liberal asks The Real Mike Rowe how anyone can be a ‘Republican and Christian’. Rowe has mastered the gentlemanly go-to-hell.

  • don bosch 9:29 am on 11/17/2014 Permalink
    Tags: , christianity, , poverty   

    #HowtoFather: Andrew Klavan – Cowls in the Hood: How to Help the Poor

    Beginning this Thursday, your local PBS station will be airing a powerful documentary called The Rule, from Bongiorno Productions. It follows the monks of a Benedictine abbey called Newark Monastery. That’s Newark, as in New Jersey. The monastery runs St. Benedict’s Prep there, a school for young men from the inner city — from the slums, not to put too fine a point on it. Whereas two thirds of poor kids never get any higher education, the boys who attend the monks’ school go on to college at a rate of about one hundred percent. Which, for those of you who weren’t educated in a Benedictine monastery, means all of them.

    I urge you to watch this show. It’s incredibly involving and moving and uplifting. And, if you care about the heartbreaking and intractable problems facing America’s poor and oftentimes minority youth, it’s instructive.

    Something the Jesuits knew too. And this: “The point is, poverty recreates itself by generating the behaviors that cause it.”

  • don bosch 3:34 pm on 10/29/2014 Permalink
    Tags: , christianity   

    Reads: The System Has a Soul

    In his review of Hunter Baker’s latest book, The System Has a Soul, Doug Wilson picks up on the allusion in the title. And in his introduction to For The Life of the World, Stephen Grabill makes explicit use of this metaphor for the relationship between Christians and society as found in the patristic Letter to Diognetus:

    To put it simply: What the soul is in the body, that Christians are in the world. The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body, but does not belong to the body, and Christians dwell in the world, but do not belong to the world.

  • don bosch 1:34 pm on 08/18/2014 Permalink
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    On Disney, Daughters, and Dads

    What is most sophisticated and wonderful about each of these women is that none of them are effective at the expense of her femininity. Disney’s women have come of age. They are strong, smart, even sexy. The change is unmistakable. These women of action, unlike their predecessors, are out of the house, (or the sea), confident and courageous.

    Then there are the fathers. In most of the old movies, there is a single female parent. In all three new movies, there is a single male parent. Interesting switch. Has the depiction of fathers as primary caretakers improved to the same degree as the view of young women? One could argue that at least they exist! However, in each of the movies mentioned, the father is a tyrant, a buffoon, or both.

    But not in all cases, apparently:

    There are, of course, capable fathers among Disney’s characters. Geppetto, Pinnochio’s father, is caring and courageous. In The Jungle Book, Bagheera and Baloo team up to take care of Mowgli and see him safely back to the man’s village; while one lacks a sense of humor and the other lacks a sense of responsibility, combined they make a pretty good paternal pair. My favorite father is Pongo of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The newest Disney dad, The Lion King’s Mufasa, is a fine feline father, at once powerful and playful, stern and sensitive. These latter two movies are among the few Disney families with both a mother and father.

    There is an important difference between these positively portrayed papas and the faltering fathers of Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine. These dads care for sons. Pinnochio, Mowgli, the Dalmatian pups, and Simba are all boys. The message seems to be that when caring for boys, a father is competent and even heroic, but when caring for girls, a father is bungling and brainless.

  • don bosch 11:11 am on 08/09/2014 Permalink
    Tags: christianity, churches   

    8 Reasons why churches never break the 200 attendance mark. Never been a big fan of Barna since they popularized the whole “Half of Christian marriages end in divorce” trope. But our pastor has worked with a lot of struggling small churches over the years, and thinks this list is pretty good.

  • don bosch 9:33 am on 07/23/2014 Permalink
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    Harvard Psychologist: Are you raising nice kids? My first thought on these sorts of things is to wonder whether he has kids of his own (he does) and how they turned out. 

    Truly, the most effective way to have great kids is for them to have a Mom and Dad in their life that honor one another and a relationship with their Heavenly Father. But Harvard won’t to teach you that. See here also.

    BUMPED: Young dad tells bullies to “play nicely” and pays a terrible price. Ok, so it wasn’t his kids he was telling to be nice…

  • don bosch 12:28 pm on 07/22/2014 Permalink
    Tags: christianity, ,   

    Church of England approves women bishops. The comments here are illuminating. Meh – there was a time when the concept of “Father” was important to the Church.

  • don bosch 1:09 pm on 07/15/2014 Permalink
    Tags: christianity,   

    Church attendance is decreasing because…wait for it…church attendance is decreasing. Could also be that we don’t hear this much anymore.

    And then there’s this

  • don bosch 11:54 am on 07/15/2014 Permalink
    Tags: christianity,   

    I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn…  

    — King David to his son Solomon (1st Kings, 2nd Chapter)

  • don bosch 4:36 pm on 07/14/2014 Permalink
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    Kruz Kronicle: Is Evangelical morality still acceptable in America

    … Often, the Christian defense of what they believe is their religious liberty is framed as fundamental hatefulness, homophobia, and misogyny, rather than disagreement grounded in morality.

    Or even facts.

  • don bosch 3:46 pm on 07/11/2014 Permalink
    Tags: christianity, ,   

    Mac Daddy goes to church. 

    I’m a fan of guy’s groups. Carve time out for yours. They need you too.

  • don bosch 1:33 pm on 07/11/2014 Permalink
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    Why should Christian men marry? I’m glad I did, but it’s a good question, and one that a lot of Christian guys are asking.

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