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9.27.2005    |    Church/State at Dartmouth
Beautiful article by Wm. F. Buckley today at NRO. It concerns itself with what has become, in the words of Noah Riner, the president of the Dartmouth Student Assembly, "a speech culture" in which certain topics and even names are verboten. In this instance, the name was Jesus, held up as a laudatory exemplar by Mr. Riner.

Well, of course, all the right-thinking, meaning un-thinking suppressors of academic speech said all the expected things. That, among other things, the mere mention of Jesus constituted anti-Semitism. WFB correctly, and succinctly remarks that
to eliminate anti-Semitic discrimination should not require the rejection of Christian traditions. The opposite could be held, inasmuch as a Christian who practices discrimination violates not only federal law, but also Christian law.
Some Jews may have rejected Jesus as Lord and Messiah. But He most assuredly has not rejected them. The Jews got first dibs on Jesus' first go-'round. And they'll get first dibs to join with Him at the end. It's only fitting. Jesus was, after all, one of God's chosen people, a descendent of Abraham by the flesh.

Afterword: for more on the hysteria at Dartmouth, see this article, also at NRO, by Stefan Beck. Orwellian is about the right term for what passes for academic discourse on certain subjects.

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Blogger John Schroeder said...

Important Stuff! I've linked to it here

8:49 AM, September 29, 2005  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

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