My Sunday stew is a recipe of all the things I’ve been reading on, storing up and mulling over the past week. So on Sundays, I’m chucking it all into one po(s)t.. I’ll stir it, cook it, leave it to simmer and then plomp it on the table.
Shameless Popery’s supplied two great chunks of meaty, meaty food this week in Why 66: Answering Brian Edward’s Arguments for the Protestant Canon. There’s Part I where he covers the Jewish canon, whether Jesus and the Apostle’s quoted the Apocrypha and the importance of the Septuagint. In Part II, he gets onto the Early Church Fathers and why you can’t trust the Holy Spirit to inspire the Bible without also safeguarding the Church.
The 66-Book Protestant canon of Scripture was not in use for the first 1500 years of Church history. That’s why Protestant apologists trying to defend the 66-Book canon end up trying to separately prove the New Testament (from the testimony of the early Church) and the Old Testament (often from the writings of a single Jewish historian, Josephus, while ignoring the testimony of the early Church). But the early Church didn’t use the Jewish Old Testament, and as Origen’s writings make clear, they were well aware of this fact. This is also why Protestant apologists like R.C. Sproul and James Swan are left arguing that Christianity has only a “fallible set of infallible Books”: because if the canon was set infallibly, it was set long before the Reformation, and not in the direction Protestants want.
This week, I also got all hot and bothered about the role of women in the Church and particularly the word complementarian.
I like the word to describe marriage; marriages ought to be complementarian because marriage consists of two people becoming one flesh, each bringing their unique gifts, strengths, weaknesses and fears. Marriages are truly complementarian. The perfect example is that a man can’t have a baby without a woman and a woman can’t have a baby without a man. Both roles are unique and one cannot be performed by the other.
But church life? Name me one thing that women can do in church that men can’t.
Yeah… not so much. So if church life was truly complementarian wouldn’t there be something women can do that men can’t?
Something that smells old
PINTEREST! Oh wow, I’ve just discovered Pinterest and I love it. It tickles every feminine bone in my body and caters to my overpowering need for beauty and control. What more could a girl want?
I’ve already sent many wonderful hours pinning things but mostly I just like admiring my own excellent taste.
In fact, so wonderful has the Pinterest expereince been that I’ve had to make some rules to keep myself from going crazy, pinterasterously gungo-ho and designing my whole life NOW.
So dear Laura,
- Remember that you paint your nails about four times a year, get half as many haircuts and hate shopping for clothes. Even Pinterest can’t change that.
- Remember that you have no need to plan an imaginary quirky cleaning schedule for your imaginary vintage decor in your imaginary white weatherboard house in which your imaginary well-behaved four children, imaginary hunky husband and imaginary golden retriver live.
- Remember that you are not royalty… yet. (But don’t worry, we’re working on it.)
- Remember that all people – even attractive men – deserve the respect of being people, not sex objects.
- Remember that pretty fonts do not make inanity profound.
- Remember that neither does profanity profundity make… it just makes stuff funnier.
- Remember that babies dressed as gangsters, ooma-loompas, bikies or miscellaneous foodstuffs for Halloween may look absurdly adorable but they will hate their parents. For ever. However, when you have kids (God willing) and if you ever move to the US (God forbid), go for it!!!
- Remember that writing a list of rules about Pinterest will not prevent you from envy, greed, lust or bitterness.
- Remember that for centuries, women have scrapbooked, pinned, glued and decopauged things they found beautiful so don’t let your sisters down.
- And above all, remember to look out the window occassionally. It’s not so bad out there.
Something chopped up
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
– James 3:17-18
The great Christian existentialist and forever-tormented-in-angst Lutheran, Soren Kierkegaard, must be said to be compared to Faxe Royal Strong. A Danish beer (for a Danish man), this particular drink hits with unparalleled force, much like a Viking Berserker’s axe smashing into the skull of a foe and leaving splinters behind. It is penetrating, powerful, and unforgettably pungent, and this all only serves to mirror the deeply-impacting lines scribbled out by this influential philosopher.
and something left-over