Thursday, March 21, 2013

Where has all the Thinking Gone

The Church seems to have fallen into two schools as of late; the critical thinkers and the sentimentalists. Critical thinkers have a drive to find out why something is the way it is, often times needing a concrete rational answer for their questions. These are the people who take a scripture, dissect it and make connections between it and the human condition.
Sentimentalists have a tendency to be more spiritual, taking scriptures at face value. Often times more concerned with how they feel, and how that is involved with their faith.
My Christian Conservative Liberal Arts School, seems to consist primarily of sentimentalists. I noticed as of late that I found myself resenting them. Me being the type of person that I am, asked myself why I felt that way. My frustration came from, what I believed, a lack of critical thinking on their part. It seemed to me that the reason they worshiped, or raised their hands, or came to church or chapel at all was because it made them "feel good".
This kind of thinking seems very prevalent in the church today. This is why most of the people I have come in contact with say that they want to have nothing to do with the church. They see it all in the service of making someone feel good. This frustrates me, because their was a time when it was impossible to be involved in the church and not be a critical thinker. What I find even more frustrating is that Christians, especially students, are afraid to really put Biblical teaching to the test because of some fear that it won't stand up to scrutiny, or more importantly they'll get an answer they don't want.
This is the school of thought that causes violence against homosexuals, muslims, and any other group of people that don't quite fit within the morality that christianity proclaims (which I believe in whole heartedly by the way, barring old levitical law).
Don't live in your little bubble constantly afraid that something is going to pop it. Ask questions, God can take it.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

A man and a feminist

Being a man and a feminist may seem a little odd, especially considering I'm a christian, but I think most of the reasons men (especially christian men) are so put off by feminism have to do with how they define it in their mind. So let me define feminism (or at least my version), feminism is merely a movement that demands equality between both genders. The reason we call it feminism is simply because women are getting the raw end of the deal. The fact that women are still on average getting paid less than men is wrong, the fact that women are still misrepresented in government and media is wrong, the fact that women are still predominantly judged on their looks is wrong. I could go on, but you get the idea.
The whole "gamer girl" argument has really reignited the feminist movement, and honestly, was what got me in to feminism in the first place. When girls can't go online to play some Call of Duty or Halo without being barraged with rape fantasies and kitchen jokes I take offense to that. No one should have to put up with that EVER. As a gamer I think it's awesome when someone shares my hobby, why on earth would I want to alienate them?
What's worse is this isn't even isolated to the realm of online video games. It's seeped into comic book culture as well. A girl can't read comics and dress up as her favorite hero without her "allegiance" being called into question. "Oh, she's just doing that to get the attention of guys." How arrogant is that, to assume that you are somehow so awesome that a girl would read comics and dress in costume just to "seduce" you. She can certainly do a lot better than you.
Everyone knows this stuff so I'm probably just going to sound like a broken record. All of this goes to a bigger problem across the culture, and that plain and simply is, that women are discriminated against, and something needs to be done about it. I can't think of any tools more powerful than the written word and spoken word. Men don't be afraid to speak up.