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On the most recent episode of Homebrewed Christianity, see the link here: A Guide To Being A Communist Calvinist With Roland Boer, Roland and Tripp talked about Jesus, economics, critical theory, and even Roland’s experience as a youth pastor. That’s right, youth pastor.
I personally have already listened to the podcast twice. It’s really enjoyable, and I would recommend it. Why does grace matter when it comes to economic policy? Well, see for yourself: The minimum wage just increased in 10 states starting today.
Roland Boer commenting on Judith Butler, but really, a large number of scholars talk about dialogue and conversation, but end up just having monologues for people, preaching to the choir, especially in liberal and progressive circles. Conversation for the sake of talking and being “open” and yet close-minded at the same time:
“These days Judith Butler is turning down invitations to some places such as Germany. The reason is not so much that’s she’s busy, but that she is concerned about her ‘own person’, especially in light of the brouhaha surrounding the awarding of the Adorno prize and her anti-Zionist stand. Fair enough, you might say. But that becomes a little more difficult in light of her engagement in that form of moralizing, of telling others what to do, known as ‘ethics’.”
See his whole commentary (really a short read) at Judith Butler’s Openness, Or Lack Thereof at Stalin’s Moustache.
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Roland Boer was being both humorous and serious in his post yesterday “the Flatness of Historians, or the contextual fetish.
I have seen this trend in scholarly works and articles. The “contextual fetish” even extended to a video I was watching last week, where the speaker was defending Jonathan Edwards, a slave-holding Christian, on the grounds that he was from the NorthEast Yankee Aristocracy, as if that was THE determining factor in Edwards holding captive African bodies. We also read/hear these arguments as I do, in defenses of Constantine (hint hint at what I am reading), who murders his wife and child, or defenses of John Calvin for being a collaborator in the execution of heretics. Those with the context fetish want to silence critics who care about human relations, the power between folks, oh, and that whole sacredness of human life thing. So, yes, context is used to excuse bad behavior, and these arguments get pretty lame and played out. Roland is right on the capitalist money!!!!