Weekly Must-Reads {05.24.11} | theology & politics edition

As promised, this week’s weekly must-reads tend towards the theological. We do have some political “leftovers” from last week that you all should find interesting. So, as usual, read to your heart’s content and please comment and let me know what you think about these! 


More Like Prayer 5 | Jesus Creed

Fascinating and oh-so-brief introduction to a whole new way of looking at the gospel, politics, and the church. Wow.

Mercifully Forsaken | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

Wow. Simply wow. Such a beautiful and powerful piece of writing on the mercy of God in his forsaking of us. Did not expect this from Christianity Today (front page, no less!).

The Death of Jesus–some wonderings (Part 1) | Storied Theology

If you are interested in the nuanced theological differences between N.T. Wright and John Piper concerning Paul’s view of the doctrine of “justification”, then these are some articles talking about these issues (without bringing up those guys). It’s a little dense, so read it only if you really care about this stuff. SPOILER: Wright is, er, right about this stuff, I feel. (Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Libertarianism & Ron Paul | Washington Post Opinion

Interesting article from a conservative critiquing Ron Paul’s Libertarian leanings. I consider myself a moderate Libertarian and think that this guy caricatures Paul somewhat, but I would love to know everyone’s thoughts on this. Money quote:

The conservative alternative to libertarianism is necessarily more complex. It is the teaching of classical political philosophy and the Jewish and Christian traditions that true liberty must be appropriate to human nature. The freedom to enslave oneself with drugs is the freedom of the fish to live on land or the freedom of birds to inhabit the ocean — which is to say, it is not freedom at all. Responsible, self-governing citizens do not grow wild like blackberries. They are cultivated in institutions — families, religious communities and decent, orderly neighborhoods. And government has a limited but important role in reinforcing social norms and expectations — including laws against drugs and against the exploitation of men and women in the sex trade.

Bradley Manning: top US legal scholars voice outrage at ‘torture’ | The Guardian

It’s been a while since I posted something like this up about Bradley Manning. Please keep him in your awareness, thoughts, prayers, and conversations with others.

They hate us for our freedoms – Glenn Greenwald | Salon.com

Once again, Greenwald, one of my favorite columnists deconstructs our national psyche and clears the fog of our blind nationalism with this brief post highlighting our own absurd American elitism.

Gaining Authority in the Age of Digital Overload | Mashable

Yeah, it’s a tech/social media article. This will be our fun one this week. I’m a closeted techie (maybe not so closeted by now) and so I found this article pretty fascinating. Even though it is mainly about social media, it has some profound implications for the place of truth, authority, and community in the digital age.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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