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Gender-crashing, power-bashing: Readings for Sunday, June 17

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Ah, here are Sunday’s delicious enigmas! And here is Jesus again, going to bat for someone of low status and bad reputation who gender-crashes the Upstanding Men’s Club and shows honest affection in the face of self-righteous pomposity.  And here (1 Kings, ca. 900 B.C.), God brings retribution for the losses of the powerless at the hands of the powerful. And at the end, Paul writes that “rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion” is the antithesis of what he’s after (rather a contrast to modern misunderstandings of his role!)

Should be a delightful week’s work! Click on the image, below, for a larger view of Rubens’ 1618 take on the Luke story. Thanks for reading!

Proper 6 (11): June 17, 2007

1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a; Psalm 5:1-8; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3

Rubens, 1618

Luke 7:36-8:3
Anointing His Feet
36-39One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 13, 2007 at 4:13 pm

Iran: Past the Paranoia

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Conservatives and liberals alike suggest that Iran is not a sufficient bogeyman to warrant winding up the war machine. Here’s excellent, enjoyable writing in a travelogue-ish piece with valuable insights from Peter Hitchens writing in The American Conservative. A sample:

I write about a recent visit to Iran, the country that has been designated as the next official enemy of what is still called “The West.” I came away so completely opposed to this silly hostility that I fear I am in danger of stirring up apathy … I am a Cold War veteran who believes in deterrence and accepts that there was a genuine Soviet threat. I am an incorrigible Zionist. I think my own country has allowed its armed forces to become lamentably weak. But I think the difference between the official account of Iran as sinister menace and the Iran I experienced is so great that it is a sort of duty to draw attention to it. […]

Read more of Hitchins.

In contrast, here’s William Arkin of WashingtonPost.com, describing presidential candidates:

Nuking Iran: The Republican Agenda?

At the Republican debate last night, almost all the candidates said that they would not rule out a nuclear attack on Iran as a means to prevent it from getting its own nuclear weapons. Only one of these knuckleheads would say that attacking Iran — indeed even threatening to nuke Iran — is not the right strategy.

Read more of Arkin.

Hmm. Maybe we need more and more people from across the political spectrum—many Democrats are not exactly cool heads, either—to be throwing cold water on war fever, till threatening nuclear war is seen as the repugnant, unprincipled behavior is really is.


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June 13, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Posted in Iran, Islam, Politics, Terrorism