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  •  I applaud President Carter on this. (14+ / 0-)

    "In effect, this change meant substitution of Southern Baptist leaders for Jesus as the interpreters of biblical Scripture."

    In response to some students in one of my seminary classes, I had a professor say that theocracy will not happen at their hands or the hands of any other person, because "you will never get God's rule, but only the rule of individuals who think they know God's rule. Don't be fooled."

    Carter may not have been talking about theocracy, but the sentiment is not far off.

    •  That's perhaps the saddest (0+ / 0-)

      or maybe just the most outrageous consequence of the politicization of religion today. The movement known as "Baptist" originated in protest of 'The Church' (both as Catholicism and formal Protestantism) claiming exclusive possession of the scriptures/gospel as well as interpretations of them. Tinsdale was executed for daring to produce a vernacular Bible, even in an age of general illiteracy. When the availability of Bibles in English (or other current vernacular) became widespread, this is one of the primary reasons it was used as a textbook for instruction in literacy - reading and understanding of what is read. Given that the social milieu in centuries past reserved education to the elite, so the churches undertook the task of public education. Such as it was.

      The original Baptists rebelled against the religious hubris that insisted only priests/clergy could intercede for the individual with God. Now the Baptists (SBC most visibly) insist that only its clergy can intercede for the individual with God.

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