Ethics

Trump Derangement Syndrome, Desperation Thinking, and Facing the Questions

Mostly, the sound and fury over Christianity Today’s editorial advocating President Trump’s removal from office seems to be following the now-familiar pattern: reaction aplenty, reflection—not so much.

It seems that “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” cuts both ways. The left wing version (LW) can’t seem to see the difference between Trump and Hitler. The right wing version (RW) seems to have trouble seeing the difference between Trump and the Messiah. These TDS sufferers perceive everyone around them in these extremes as well, so regardless of what’s actually being said, what they hear is binary. Either you’re echoing our (extreme) view and are one of “Us” or you’re one of “Them,” expressing the extreme opposite.

Trump himself suffers from the right wing version of Trump Derangement Syndrome, as his reaction to Mark Galli’s editorial demonstrated. Galli’s analysis offered both positive and negative observations about President Trump, but both Trump and his hordes of fellow TDS-RW sufferers immediately boiled it down to “Doesn’t sound like Us. Must be Them”—or pretended to. I don’t honestly know which is worse.

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“The existence of morality as most of us commonly define it is at odds with traditional Darwinism.”

"In the preface to their book Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest For the Foundations of Morality, James Davison Hunter and Paul Nedelisky proffer the stunning admission that, 'While the new science of morality presses onward, the idea of morality – as a mind-independent reality – has lost plausibility for the new moral scientists. They no longer believe such a thing exists.'" - John Ellis

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New: “...a fine, user-friendly critical edition of Bavinck's Reformed Ethics.”

"Bavinck's theological approach to ethics is divided into two books: Humanity before Conversion (Bk. 1) and Converted Humanity (Bk. 2). Chapter One introduces terms, definitions and Scripture overview for the essence of humanity (i.e. Imago Dei), The Good, freedom of the will, work, and vocation... Book Two begins with the essence and origins of the spiritual life of believers" - Ref 21

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Colson Center launhes "What Would You Say?" video series

"What would you say if someone asked you to explain gender identity?  Or when life begins?  Or why a family with a mom and a dad is better than two moms or two dads?... The Colson Center has launched a new project to help Christians with short, sharp, and biblical answers to questions we hear every day....a collection of videos you can watch and share that will help you answer some of life’s toughest questions." - Breakpoint

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Missionaries who argued paying taxes is ‘against God’s will’ ordered to pay $1.6M

"A 'brother' and sister pair of Australian missionaries, who argued that it is 'against God’s will' to pay taxes to their government, were ordered by a court to pay more than $1.6 million they owed after they failed to convince the Supreme Court of Tasmania." - Christian Post 

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Long-Lost Bavinck Manuscript Is a Timely Work on Reformed Ethics

"In 2008, while working in the Bavinck archives at the Free University of Amsterdam, Dirk Van Keulen stumbled on what amounted to a 1,100-page handwritten manuscript by Bavinck (circa 1884/5) titled Reformed Ethics. Bavinck at one time had clearly intended this to be a companion to his monumental four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, yet he mysteriously never published it." - TGC

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Gallup: Trust in Clergy Members Has Dropped Dramatically

"A 2018 Gallup survey shows Americans' trust in clergy members has dropped to its lowest in statistical history. The poll specialist discovered a meager 37 percent among a total of 1,025 respondents had a 'high' or 'very high' opinion of clergy members’ ethical and honesty standards. " - WRNews

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