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A Great Erma Bombeck Quote: On Patriotism!

08 Sep

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2019 in patriotism

 

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15 responses to “A Great Erma Bombeck Quote: On Patriotism!

  1. Anonymous

    September 8, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Interested to hear you review David Bentley Hart’s new book soon!

     
    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      September 9, 2019 at 6:07 am

      Thanks for the suggestion, my friend. Glad to review that book. Do you have any connection with the publisher that you can get me a review copy? Blessings. Larry

       
      • Anonymous

        September 9, 2019 at 4:20 pm

        Unfortunately, no I don’t!

         
  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    September 10, 2019 at 5:49 am

    I’ve contacted Yale University Press for an exam copy. We’ll see what happens. Why your interest in that topic? Larry

     
    • Anonymous

      September 10, 2019 at 8:22 am

      I just know you did a lot on hell and Rob Bell /Love Wins. Hart’s case for Universalism seems much more robust and interesting, albeit from a completely different (Eastern Orthodox/Patristic) perspective.

       
      • Dr. Larry Dixon

        September 10, 2019 at 11:23 am

        Thanks, anonymous. Let’s see if Yale comes through with an exam copy! Blessings. Larry

         
      • Dr. Larry Dixon

        September 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        Just got word from Yale Press that they’re sending me a copy of Hart’s book. May I ask you, have you read my “The Other Side of the Good News”? Blessings. Larry

         
  3. Anonymous

    September 11, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Yes I’ve read that one! Also sorry for the anonymity, it looks like that’s the default setting and I was just typing quickly… this is Jacob a former student 🙂

     
  4. Dr. Larry Dixon

    September 11, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for reading my blog, Jacob. What’s been your life journey since CIU? Larry

     
    • Anonymous

      September 11, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Working on my PhD in theology at Villanova!

       
  5. Dr. Larry Dixon

    September 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Wow! Do you find your evangelicalism being challenged, Jacob?

     
    • Anonymous

      September 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      Heh well I left evangelicalism years ago (was on the way out at CIU) and after some wandering joined the godless Episcopalians! But in all seriousness it’s a great program with really warm faculty and fits exactly the questions I want to ask in the dissertation.

       
  6. Dr. Larry Dixon

    September 12, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I’d love to know what your dissertation topic is, Jacob. And, if you wish, a couple of reasons why you left evangelicalism. Thanks. Larry

     
    • Anonymous

      September 12, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Sure! I’m basically examining Kierkegaard’s method of “indirect communication,” and trying to evaluate its potential importance for theological method, philosophy of language, etc.

      I left evangelicalism for a lot of reasons, many of which I probably don’t fully understand myself, and Trumpism certainly isn’t helping things these days either. I’d say the top three easily articulable reasons: (1) I don’t think inerrancy is true, (2) the apologetic tendency of evangelicalism seems often to stem from anxiety, which in itself isn’t awful, but you can detect that anxiety everywhere – social and political and ethical discourse as well. I always felt like I had to tow the line that evangelicals are being persecuted etc etc. eventually I found that wasn’t healthy for me at all. (3) I believe God led me to encounter Christ in the sacrament, and taking it in the context of the liturgy of the prayer book was the first time I’d felt peace in a long time. Top of the iceberg, but there it is.

       
  7. Dr. Larry Dixon

    September 16, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Jacob – Thanks for sharing with me. I am, of course, sad that you’ve left evangelicalism. My first impulse is to apologize for the sometimes cold and anxious way Evangelicals can come across. My second impulse is to want to engage your reasons for leaving, but only if you want to. By the way, I’ve received my copy of Hart’s book which I will read, but it will be a while. I’ve got a missions trip to Africa coming up in Oct/Nov. I hope we can keep our conversation going. Blessings. Larry

     

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