Monday, March 10, 2003

Brit hume has a fascinating interview with Michael Cromartie, Vice-president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, on the theological doctrine of Just War in light of the recent comments from the Pope and his emissary.

I find this interesting, but in light of the separation of church and state, I wonder if has any relevance any more secept to theologian. It also says something about how many modern Christians have abandoned reason for herd pacificism. Funny how many anti-war types are always quoting Matthew 5:38-39 (about turning the other cheek.) But Jesus, in the same sermon, said that whoever is angry with his brother or calls him a fool is in the wrong as well. How many of these people feel bound by that? It's my impression that Bush has been amazingly in control of his temper throughout all of this, much more so than most of his critics, who call him names ("fool" is the mildest) and demonize him in every way, particularly on the grounds of his Christian faith. But he knows what I and many others know, that Jesus also said Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. He just didn't make it clear that sometimes those doing the reviling would claim also to be Christians.


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