Sunday, July 28, 2013

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, by Klein, Blomberg and Hubbard

There is much in this book that I like.  Still, there are a few, um, doozies, which standout and deserve a rebuttal.  One section is on Liberation "Theology" (the quotes are mine).  The authors go half way in pointing out the problems, yet there are some issues:

"... Many of them are Christian believers denied a decent wage and basic human rights by the large multinational corporations or corrupt national governments that employ them as virtual slave labor.  Yet many conservative Christians explicitly or implicitly continue to support right-wing regimes and ultra-capitalist policies that only exacerbate the physical suffering of their Christian brothers and sisters."

This is drowning in problems.  The starting point is the linking of a large corporation that dominates a country to the point that it can run the government and reduce people to slavery.  Yes, this has happened.  No, it isn't capitalism.  It is more like fascism, which is something that can't be sensibly discussed these days.  The Liberation Theology solution is invariably to replace the few multinational corporations and the quasi-independent government with a government sponsored monopoly.  What was never capitalism in the first place is replaced with something seven times worse.  The only issue here is the complete inability of liberation zealots to see any evil lurking behind populists, together with their wild condemnations of anyone who they imagine stands in their way.  But I think we can go further.  Thanks to the conflation of envy with poverty, and the ability to sell future generations into tax slavery, the liberation zealots will be responsible for more slavery than all the multi-national corporations of history.  The last few decades have thankfully seen much of the third world lifted out of poverty.  The thanks to this goes to God first, but the social vehicle that seems to have been the most visible cause is Capitalism. 

Of course the real question is about care for the poor.  This gets to a person's heart for which I only really know my own.  Leftists fight harder for the poor.  For a fee.  Conservatives give a higher percentage of their own income voluntarily, even after paying the taxes imposed by the Leftists.  We will need to wait until the Final Judgment to know if it is truly leftists or conservatives who care more.

Yes, the poor need someone to speak on their behalf.  No, we don't need that voice to be coming from a pack of thieves and charlatans.  

On Feminsm

"These critiques notwithstanding, all Bible students, particularly those from more conservative backgrounds, would do well to reread Scripture through the windows of various feminist perspectives."

Um, no.  I will be blunt:  Western woman are the most spoiled and coddled women in history.  Feminist perspective have done nothing except break down the family, create more anger and disillusion, and prompt more feminist perspectives that just make things worse. Those last two sentences are paradoxical when taken together, but it is just the puzzle that the feminist has lowered herself in her desperation to raise herself.  Or to put it another way, the worst fate for a Liberated Woman - actually any woman - is to fall into a relationship with a Liberated Male, but the only way to Liberate Women is to Liberate Men.  Feminism is a total catastrophe for women.

That being said, there is a reason to study feminist "perspectives".  Christianity has a tradition going back to the time of Irenaeus ... who studied the "perspectives" of the gnostics. 

1 comment:

Delirious said...

I totally agree, feminism is a fiasco. It has done nothing but damage to our society. And I think there is a big difference between pushing for rights for women, and feminism.