The Kuyperian Commentary

Politics, Economics, Culture, and Theology with a Biblical Viewpoint

Archive for the month “May, 2012”

N.T. Wright and a Theology of Evil

WL: So the problem of evil that you talked about, the problem of evil in the world, in aligning one’s self with Jesus, you’re saying that perhaps the way that some of the systems are confronting evil in the world may not be really a kingdom methodology, for instance Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East?

N.T. WRIGHT: It’s hard to speak simply about these things because they are very complex issues and as with personal problems so with international global problems it takes a while to get into the depth of such a problem and it’ll take at least as long to get out the other side. You know when you’re counseling somebody that’s often the first thing you say that “You’ve come to me now, but you’ve actually been digging yourself into this hole for two or three years and it may well take two or three years to get you out.”

There’s no one with an instant magic wand. Having said that yes the Western world has gone about the way it’s done Middle East politics by the classic methods that the Roman Empire employed. We have superior firepower. We have heavier artillery than you. Therefore we’re just going to impose our will on you and that will be that. And we have learned nothing either from history or from the gospel that that isn’t the way that real change happens in human beings or in societies. That merely breeds resentment and fresh waves of stories being told of martyrs, which then sustain the next generation of terrorists.

And we have created in the last ten years far more terrorists in the Middle East than there ever were before. And there were a lot of people who warned ten years ago that that would be what would happen if we did what we were planning to do. And we’ve done it and it has happened. And we just seem to have learned nothing. And you know, okay, the empires of the world do what they do, but if a nation says explicitly or implicitly that actually the way of Jesus is the way we should go, then there have to be radically different ways of going about stuff.

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Unwed Mothers and Dan Quayle

Gary North’s new website seems promising.

Here he elaborates on how prophetic Quayle was in his infamous remarks:

The Post article praises marriage as a commitment. Cohabitation is not. Marriage has vows: shared responsibility. Second, marriage is good for children. They do better in school. They have lower rates of suicide. Third, marriage brings economic benefits. There are usually two breadwinners, or one well-paid one.

 

Pat Buchanan on the rise of the war-party via Bill Kristol writes:

Now the neocons are worming their way into the Romney camp, dropping us hints on whether John Bolton or Joe Lieberman will be the next secretary of state.

Has Gov. Romney imbibed the Kristol Kool-Aid that caused the war and cost the party Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008?

Hard to believe, but we should find out before November.

Buchanan’s “Suicide of a Superpower”

Buchanan’s not happy. And his latest book reveals it right from the start. Here is a stunning sample of this unfortunate reality:

The European and Christian core of our country is shrinking. Thebirthrate of our native born has been below replacement level for decades. By 2020, deaths among white Americans will exceed births, while mass immigration is altering forever the face of America.

Kuyper’s Covenantal Theology

To know how Kuyper would apply his thinking to all areas of life (politics, economy, etc.) one must be familiar with his theology. In particular, one must know that Kuyper had a very distinct Trinitarian theology. According to Ralph Smith, Kuyper’s “trinitarian covenant is the true prototype of every covenant.” Therefore, to understand Kuyper demands a prior knowledge of Trinitarian covenantal theology.

Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper

Yon can read Kuyper’s lectures for free.

A Living Document?

Ron Paul Wins Minnesota

Paul’s victory means 32 of Minnesota’s 40 national delegates will now be committed to Paul at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The libertarian-leaning GOP candidate is remaining in the presidential race to compete for delegates in the hopes of shaping the convention and influencing the party platform. {Read the Rest}

Pat Buchanan on the Zimmerman Case

Buchanan writes:

Yet the public mind has been so poisoned that an acquittal of George Zimmerman could ignite a reaction similar to that, 20 years ago, when the Simi Valley jury acquitted the LAPD cops in the Rodney King beating case.

Should that happen, those who fanned the flames, and those who did nothing to douse them, should themselves go on trial in the public arena.

Ron Paul is NOT out!

Great word by the Southern Avenger.

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