This post is mainly to suggest a few links worth reading.
Frank Schaeffer has some ideas on what was behind the shutdown. Whether or not he is correct, they are worth reading or listening to.
I’ll note that Schaeffer is also pushing his recent book. I don’t have much to say about that. I did buy the book (the inexpensive kindle edition), but I have not finished reading it. I’m still half-way through the opening paragraph. Evidently, reading that book is not one of my high priorities.
Here are the two Schaeffer posts that I recommend:
- My NPR Interview on the Shutdown, the Death of Evangelicalism, God and All That… I’ll note that it seems to be an interview by a local NPR station, rather than what I would call an NPR interview. The post provides a link where you can listen. It is 42 minutes long. Schaeffer has his own explanations for why Evangelical Christians act as they do.
- Does Being Raised Evangelical Destroy Your Brain? Why The Tea Party-Evangelical Right Learned Nothing Post-Shutdown. This one is a blog post — no listening time required. Schaeffer gives his opinion about the way that Evangelicals raise their children.
Samantha, at her blog Defeating the Dragons, has a multi-part series on how her views on abortion evolved. She has a summary post, “Ordeal of the Bitter Waters” which summarizes the six parts and provides links to them. The summary post is an excellent place to start.
If you are familiar with the biblical reference alluded to in the title, you can probably guess where her posts are going. Early on, she was persuaded by the “pro-life” arguments. But then real life happened to her, and she began to understand that the issue was far more complex than the pro-life folk would have you believe. She is now pro-choice.
As part of her journey, she discovered that the Christian Bible does not condemn abortion. Quite the contrary, in some circumstances it commands abortion.