To Read this Week: Christianphobia, Silly Statements, and Superbowl Ad vs. NARAL

“Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible” by Greg Gilbert | The Gospel Coalition

Greg Gilbert, pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church, responds to the silly statements we often hear about the Bible.  Such silly claims include:

One American tabloid recently said this about the Bible:

“No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.”

First, it’s not true we’re dealing with “a translation of translations of translations,” as if the original Greek first went into Chinese, which went into German, which went into Polish, and finally we got around to putting it into English. No, we’re able to translate directly from the original Greek and Hebrew, so at worst we’re dealing with a translation, full stop. But what should we say about that that idea, the charge that all we have available to us are “hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies”?

Copypock. Er, I mean, poppycock. That’s what we should say.

“Christianphobia in America: What is it? What feeds it?” by George Yancey | The Stream

George Yancey, sociologist at University of North Texas, penned this short article based on his book So Many Christians, So Few Lions. The description for the book from the publisher states “So Many Christians, So Few Lions is a provocative look at anti-Christian sentiments in America. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative research, authors George Yancey and David A. Williamson show that even though (or perhaps because) Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States, bias against Christians also exists—particularly against conservative Christians—and that this bias is worth understanding.” Here is a taste:

I have studied the nature of anti-Christian sentiment in America for years, and the term I use to describe what I found, and the one David Williamson and I used in our academic book on the subject, is Christianophobia. The Macmillan Dictionary defines it as “an irrational animosity towards or hatred of Christians, or Christianity in general.” In the 1950s there was little evidence that Christians in the United States, especially Protestants, faced systematic bias or discrimination. That has changed.

In our research we interviewed many culurally progressive activists. Here is a sampling of comments about Christians and Christianity from those interviews:

“I want them all to die in a fire.” (man, aged 26-35, with doctorate)

“They should be eradicated without hesitation or remorse. Their only purpose is to damage and inflict their fundamentalist virus onto everyone they come in contact with.” (woman, aged 66-75, with master’s degree)

“They make me a believer in eugenics. … They pollute good air. … I would be in favor of establishing a state for them. … If not, then sterilize them so they can’t breed more.” (man, aged 46-55, with master’s degree)

This article is definitely worth the read and relates to my previous post on The Persecution of  Christians on Campuses.

“Naral Angry at Doritos for Showing Baby Ultrasound during Superbowl” Christian Post

Some of the Superbowl commercials are better than the Superbowl.  Doritos had a humorous one that some (i.e. NARAL) didn’t take so kindly to, so they responded with a Twitt:

Doritos Super Bowl 50 commercial(Screengrab: YouTube/Super Bowl Commercials)

The National Abortion Rights Action League took to Twitter Sunday night to express outrage after a Doritos commercial during Super Bowl 50 gave personality to an unborn baby who simply wanted some of his dad’s cheesy tortilla chips.

The 30-second commercial features a pregnant mother getting ultrasound at nine months. As the OB/GYN explains that the baby is due “any day now,” the father of the baby is over on the side of the room eating a bag of nacho cheese Doritos.

Although most Super Bowl commercials, including the Doritos ad, are meant to be humorous, the abortion advocates at NARAL did not find the subtle pro-life message in the ad to be funny.

In a tweet following the Doritos commercial, NARAL argued that the advertisement used “antichoice tactics of humanizing fetuses.”

“#NotBuyingIt,” the NARAL tweet states. “that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight. #SB50.”

Here is Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Institut on how to defeat Pro Abortion arguments.

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