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Moved to a New Domain

If things Internetish are working correctly (doubtful, if you’re reading this), this will let you know that this blog, newly awakened after a period of prolonged dormancy, is now growing at another domain:

http://www.fiveaspects.com/blog

You may wish to adjust your bookmark, if you have one, to the page noted above.

Fr. Bill Mouser
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Feminism Killing Off the Soaps

Oh, the irony!

ABC today announced the end of two long-running soap operas — “One Life To Live” and “All My Children.”  Also consigned to the ash heap of history is the career of Susan Lucci, daytime soap’s most famous acress.

And why?  Here’s how the AP story reported the reason for the demise of these (and, likely, other) soaps:

Soap operas have slowly been fading as a TV force, with many of the women who made up the target audience now in the work force. In place of the two canceled dramas, ABC will air shows about food and lifestyle transformations.

ABC wouldn’t say such a thing, of course.  ABC’s spokesperson — a man  — put it this way: “Viewers are looking for different types of programming these days.”

Doh.  That is, as my old logic teacher used to say, “language guaranteed” when entirely different viewers are involved.  ” ‘All My Children’ is averaging 2.5 million viewers a day, down 9 percent from the last TV season, and the median age of a typical viewer was nearly 57,” the Nielsen Co. said. So, over half of that soap’s viewers are over 57?  I wonder if Nielsen has any other info on the viewing audience, such as how many of them have an income higher than, say, the average welfare stipend?  No wonder it’s hard to sell ads for these programs!

No, instead of a viewing audience of wives and mothers, safely installed in a domestic environment, supported by a husband, with freedom to take a break from her “comfortable concentration camp” (Betty Friedan’s term for that sort of situation), ABC now seeks to attract any out there who can watch daytime TV to view programs devoted to food and lifestyle transformations.

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Yoga and Egalitarians

Last night I attended the 40th Anniversary Dinner for the Institute for Creation Research, and the featured speaker was Dr. Albert Mohler, the fellow recently (and condescendingly, where not outright scornfully) profiled by Christianity Astray, a Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.  In his opening remarks, Mohler briefly recapped the current braying by evangelical jackasses about his recently published remarks on yoga and Christianity.

If you’ve got time and want to know why evangelical Protestantism is the milk-toasty, wishy-washy, know-nothing waste of time that it is, Mohler’s latest blog spells it out for you.

Listening to his remarks last night (he gave an overview of post-modern intellectual chaos and its newly murderous posture toward religion, Christianity, and Jesus himself), I thought, “I’ve got to check what he has said on his blog about this yoga business.” And, when I did so this morning, I further thought: “As with evangelicals and yoga, so with evangelicals and egalitarianism.”  The latter is the term of art for baptized feminism, a modern incarnation of several of the moral horrors Paul catalogs in 1 Timothy 1:9-11.

So, what has yoga got to do with religious feminism as evangelicals embrace it today?

Very little, if you’re looking at yoga vis-a-vis religious feminism.  But, if you ask “Why do evangelicals embrace yoga so enthusiastically?” you will find that Mohler’s answer to that question serves just as well to answer this question:  “Why do evangelicals embrace religious feminism so enthusiastically?”  Both errors are consequences of a deeper error: the spiritual lust among modern evangelicals to cook up their own religion beginning with evangelical soup stock, to which they add a little of this and a little of that from whatever strikes their fancy on the world’s spice shelf.

Mohler lists many things he’s learned from his encounter with evangelicals’ enthusiasm for yoga.  Read through his catalog and substitute “egalitarianism” for “yoga” throughout, and everything Mohler says is still true — except it applies to religious feminism rather than yoga.

Below are Mohler’s comments followed by the way egalitarians mimick those who think yoga and Christianity are compatible …

Mohler: “Evidently, the statistics reported by the yoga community are right. This is a female dominated field of activity. More than 90 percent of the protest communications come from women.”

Religious feminism, like secular feminism, is a female dominated field.  Yes, there are a few men who are out in front of the monstrous regiment of women who are the primary political power in religious feminism, but they’ve just gotten themselves in front of the mob.  The dirty little secret of most Protestant churches is this:  the men in leadership are window dressing.  It’s the women (and, often, just a handful of them) who rule the ecclesiastical roof.  And by far the majority of men who sit in evangelical pews are happy for the sisters to clamp the bit in their teeth and to tear off down the road.  Less work for them, dontcha know.

Mohler: “[A well-known local female evangelical yoga instructor] insists that yoga ‘enhances a person’s spirituality’ without any recognition that this is not what biblical Christianity is all about. But, she prayed before deciding ‘to mix yoga and Christianity,’ so everything must be just fine.”

Religious feminists are nothing if not pragmatic about what rings their chimes.  What the Bible teaches has little weight against what “enhances a person’s spirituality.”  Read any egalitarian forum, and note how many times you hear “God told me this or that, or “it makes the gospel so relevent to me,” and similar sentiments.

Mohler reproduces a quote from this local, evangelical woman yoga instructor: “I don’t like to look at religion from a law standpoint but a relationship standpoint, a relationship with Jesus Christ specifically.” Note, please, that the truth isn’t what’s important! Rather, it’s how the woman likes to look at religion that’s important.  This is essentially the egalitarian point of view on anything in the Bible:  they pick and choose what they like, or twist what they need, to conform to their modern feminist point of view.

Mohler: “There is no embarrassment on the part of these hundreds of email writers that they are replacing biblical Christianity with a religion of their own invention. “

Again, one must not question the egalitarians’ enthusiasm for their remade version of Christianity.  It’s the enlightened (and, therefore, the only defensible) version of Christian religion; and they do, indeed, have no sense for how out of line with historic Christianity their new-made religion really is.  Those very few who have not averted their eyes to 2,000 years of Christian faith and practice (e.g. Mary Daly) end up rejecting Christianity as hopeless and beyond fixing.

Mohler: “I have heard from a myriad of Christians who insist that their practice of yoga involves absolutely no meditation, no spiritual direction, no inward concentration, and no thought element.”

To which Mohler answers, “…  you are not practicing yoga, you are simply performing a physical exercise.”  The same sort of double-think operates with religious feminists within evangelicalism.  They loudly insist that they are not feminists.  Feminists, they insist, are those radical, bra-burning types, not the spiritual, loving, Jesus-worshiping folks that egalitarians claim to be.

But egalitarians say such things because they are blithely ignorant of how thoroughly patriarchal the Bible is, and how patriarchal the Church that grew from the Bible has been for 20 centuries.

Long before her death on January 3 of this year, Mary Daly was far more honest with the facts of the Christian faith, far more honest than the religious feminists who fill the pews of evangelical churches today. Mary Daly jettisoned the Christian faith as well as monotheism because she understood (and preached it in her classroom!) that feminism is diametrically opposed to the truth claims of the Bible – its claims about men, women, the relationship between the two, and God’s relationship to both.

Mohler: “I have heard from a myriad of souls who have called me insane, incompetent, stupid, vile, fundamentalist, and perverted. Some others are best left unrepeated.”

It would be tedious and defiling to rehearse here the similar slanders distributed by egalitarians against complementarians or, especially, against those who candidly confess, teach, and defend the patriarchy of the Bible.  Just read any of their blogs or forums to find out.

Worthy of special note, however, is the strategy of groups like Christians for Biblical Equality or the Egalitarian Christian Alliance to smear those who embrace Biblical patriarchy are promoters of violence against women and children.

Mohler: “… I have been treated to arguments like these. From a ‘devoted Southern Baptist church member who resents your ignorance’: I get much more out of yoga and meditation than I ever get out of a sermon in church. From ‘a Christian who goes to church every service’: My favorite image I use in yoga is that of Jesus assuming a perfect yoga position in the garden of Gethsemane as he prays. And, to cap it all off: How do we know that the apostles and early Christian guys did not use yoga to commune with Jesus after he left?”

Again, I run across statements like these in the forums of self-styled evangelical feminists.  Note the self-referential cast of these sorts of statements.  Note also the manifest ignorance of what the Bible presents.  Jesus doing yoga in Gethsemane???  Is that any more outrageous than Jesus being a feminist?  Paul being an egalitarian?

[This blog is cross-posted to my blog for St. Athanasius Anglican Church]

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Joe the Plumber and Authority

 

In his third installment on Joe the Plumber, Anthony Esolen examines the sub-text in Joe’s interview with Media-babe on the topic of authority. Esolen sets up his ponderings on the political left with this snippet of the interview:

When the reporter asked him about Obama’s intention to take money from the supposed rich, Joe, who is not rich, did not at first ask “How much” or “Who’s giving” but “By what authority?”

 And, so, Esolen goes on to explain the wide-ranging ways that the political left opposes any authority, while arrogating to itself the only sort of authority it can understand: the blunt exercise of power.

 In my collateral musings on Esolen’s thoughts, I note that religious egalitarians have the same notion of authority (the blunt exercise of power) as political leftists. In the latter case, power must be accumulated and then coercively deployed against non-Leftists. The religious feminists, however, appear to take a different tack, viz., to champion the eradication of all authority, replaced by everyone submitting to everyone else so that there is, virtually, no exercise of authority.

 Put that way, it sounds silly, of course. Yet when egalitarians apply this notion to marriage, you get the standard egalitarian notion that husbands are servant-leaders (e.g. they serve, but never lead) and wives have equal “authority” to teach men, lead their families, and rule the church. And, so, the abundant, obvious, and pervasive patriarchalism of the Old and New Testaments is bent into unrecognizable shapes.

 For the egalitarian, it is impossible for Christ to be the head of man, as man is the head of woman, as God is the head of Christ. Nor can an egalitarian concede that Paul denies woman authority (!) to teach men or to rule men in the church. But, far more than a few scattered verses in the NT are at stake here. It is the entire trajectory of Scripture, its pervasive patriarchalism, which the egalitarian must deconstruct and reconstruct along feminist lines.

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Joe, the Plumber

To judge by the mainstream media attention given to Joe the Plumber, you’d think the photo on the left represents the media’s opinion of Joe’s work.  If only Obama had been vetted even a tenth as much as Joe!

Tony Esolen has noted the way Joe pairs up with those who demand he explain himself to America.  Referring to one encounter between Joe and a TV interviewer that is circulating on the internet these days, Esolen comments:

What fascinates me about the interview was that it seemed we were watching creatures from two utterly different universes, or from two different epochs.  The anchoress — I’m not sure who it was; I don’t watch them — was all smiles, all makeup, with her expensive coif and her neat business suit.  Then you have Joe, nearly bald, stocky, wearing an ordinary sweat shirt and jacket, hardly smiling at all; it was as if he thought that the election hinged upon matters that transcended the moment, and that were certainly more important than his own brief burst of notoriety.

I don’t think Esolen’s point in this particular blog is to expound the gender perspectives, though I’d expect those to pop up in future blogs on Joe the Plumber.  Esolen promises to write something each day for a week (if I understand him aright) on this interview.  Stay tuned here for updates.

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Temporarily Gone but not Forgotten

Temporarily off this scene

Temporarily off this scene

I thank all four (five?) of my readers for checking back from time to time.  Brother Mike, in a comment on the blog below, hopes things are well with me.  They are.

Things are so well that I’m busier than a one-eyed cat watching nine rat holes.  That means that some things simply have to wait till things calm down a tad.  Like this blog.

Meanwhile, I’m racing to the starting line — that’s right, starting line.  September 28 my bride and I take off on a 17 day road trip through the southeast states on a speaking tour that brings us to Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, multi-church meetings in Raleigh NC, Yorktown VA, and Canton, OH.  Lord willing, we’ll be visiting a few of you along the way. 

Much to discuss — not least of them Palin.  I’m distilling an analysis of that phenomenon for presentation on the speaking tour (it’ll be the main burden of my chapel presentation at the seminary).  After it’s been honed and seasoned by questions from listeners, I’ll post it here on this blog.

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The Last Graduate from High School

Father and Daughter at the Belles and Beaus Ball, May 2008Lord willing, there will be further graduates within our family, but this month we see the last graduate from high school, as Veronica — the baby of the family — graduates.  With her departure this summer to take up residence with her oldest sister while she begins undergraduate school at the University of Texas, our nest here at home will finally be empty, except for the periodic return of our nestlings for a visit.

Honestly, I’m not sure how Barbara and I are going to navigate this change.  I expect us to find ourselves conflicted with relief and sadness.  It won’t be boring, as we’ve learned when our eldest (Alexa) and her younger sister (Geneva) both departed for university studies.  In many ways, parenting simply changes gears at that point.  What’s going to be different this time is that the nest — which Barbara and I will continue to occupy — will no longer domicile our daughters.  Some months down the road, if I find myself with something to report about that time, I’ll let you know.

Meanwhile, our days are filled with much coming and going.  This photo shows me and Veronica at the Belles and Beaus Ball.  Later, if I can figure out how to do it, I’ll post a video clip of me and Veronica walzing at this ball.

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