This was the first thing I read today: Indiana Republican: When life begins from rape, God intended it:
Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, said in a debate on Tuesday that “even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”
No no no no no.
I am sure that by the time you read my words, Mr. Mourdock will have “clarified” that what he really meant was something other than what he said, but there is a much deeper issue here, and that issue doesn’t go away just because you realized that you let it show in public.
The issue here is about a mindset about how and what we think about God.
I was going to write an introduction to what Impolite Company is going to be about, but instead of something abstract, I had an opportunity to write something very specific.
The “big piece” of the puzzle is going to be a podcast where Lindsay and I talk about issues related to religion and politics, but until it’s ready (hopefully soon) I thought this might be a good introduction.
It is emphatically not a place where I will be seeking to convert anyone. Nor will I be trying to “defend” faith from its critics. Instead I hope to demonstrate a different way of thinking about God and faith and life, which I hope will be of interest to people regardless of their personal beliefs.
(And if it isn’t, that’s OK too.)
Eventually I hope that it will be a place where people can ask questions about religion/faith/life without worrying that someone is going to come down on them for not believing X Y or Z.
That’s where I think we’re headed.
Lindsay has promised to keep me from going on too long (no easy task, as I’m sure you already know), and from getting away with cheap or easy “answers”. (Although, “spoiler alert”: there will be plenty of times when I’ll admit I don’t have the answer either, but at least maybe I can help think things through to a better understanding.)
So. It’s a start. If you want to read the rest: Evil is never what God intends