Monday, May 02, 2005

Lunacy on the Web, Episode V (aka: The Impious Strikes Back)

OK, I promise, this is the last one for the day lest we never return to serious stuff...

The Curt Jester has outdone himself...

Which title will you select for your free gift?

UPDATE: (from Amy Welborn) We have a dissenter to the book club. This guy is yet another example of how far removed from the original definition of "charity" our English word "love" has become. If it takes a little satire to make the point that these dissenters are dangerous, then that is being "loving" in the sense of showing our brethren that they are mistaken--since reasoned argument has become impossible due to the "dictatorship of relativism" to which these folks so happily subject themselves.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger BekahS. said...

Hilarious! I really need to bookmark his site and read it more often.

I love the rules of the club. Just make them up like you do in real life. Hahaha! :)

At 1:03 PM, Blogger BekahS. said...

"When someone brings up something said by the Church Fathers tell them that the Church Mothers defended your position but that their writings were destroyed by a male Church afraid of strong women."
Now that's just classic.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Nathan Ael said...

I can't say what the intentions of the Curt Jester were in posting the satire, but I think it was probably meant to entertain orthodox Catholics - as opposed to warning the unorthodox.

If they are the lost sheep, then standing over them laughing is not charitable, nor is it loving. Pointing at a person's flaws and mocking them is not charitable, nor is it loving. It might be very entertaining, and certainly - I got a big laugh out of Jeff's satire - but that doesn't mean it builds up the Body of Christ.

More than that, those who laugh at the fault's of others often forget to laugh at their own. Sometimes they forget they have any faults at all - becoming convinced of their own righteousness. I do it all the time. We all do. Its just part of life.

If I take some heat for being that little annoying voice - asking us to be kind to our unorthodox Christians, and asking us to reflect upon our own unorthodoxies (usually reflected in our behavior), then I guess I'll just have to eat a little humble-pie. God knows I need it.

God Bless, and peace.

At 11:24 AM, Blogger BekahS. said...

Thanks a lot, Chad. Brian was going to read my posts last night, but they were "long" and he got distracted by your Star Wars themed silliness. lol So he never did get around to reading MY blogs.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Chad said...

Nathan, points well taken. Thanks for the comments--sorry if I got a bit testy in my original post. It's been a rather tough week. I tend to, and I know this is wrong of me, give up on the heterodox, who because of the seemingly impenetrable armor of relativism can't seem to see that both of us can't be right.

And as such, I focus more on those who are unschooled yet not definitively heterodox, and for those, the satire pointing out the absurdity of the heterodox position is one way to make a point.

You're right that we should not be uncharitable toward the heterodox, and certainly right that this mockery could be construed that way, but I think it makes the point about their essential absurdity better than any sober analysis could ever do.

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Nathan Ael said...

You're right - it does make their absurdity much clearer. :)

Thanks for the post and the thoughts!

God Bless, and peace.


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