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  •  In fuller response, (7+ / 0-)

    some Christians are more liberal politically precisely because as theological conservatives, they take Jesus' social/economic teachings seriously. Caleb is one of those, to a fair extent.

    •  probably a quibble but I would distinguish (3+ / 0-)

      between "theological conservatives" and "political conservatives" in your diary as these two sets of individuals are not the same and very few individuals fall into both camps as to be theologically conservative, i.e. accepting and acting upon the dictums in the NT, is almost diametrically opposed to what we term political conservatives in this country (and to confound matters even more, Conservatives in GB object to being lumped in with what has become Conservatism in this country, pointing out several extreme differences of policy opinions)

      At any rate, I have made the comment, upon discovering the local GOP hosted monthly "prayer meetings" for local ministers to keep them informed about "current political events", that it seemed impossible to me that any minister could, in good faith, belong to the Tea Party wing of the GOP and still preach the tenets given in the NT.  

      •  That's exactly... (0+ / 0-)

        what I've just said in a few comments here. :) It was my bad for not making the distinction clear in the post, but my intent was to identify him as a theological conservative, not a political conservative. I've tried to clear that up in a few comments.

        •  as I noted, it was a quibble on my part (2+ / 0-)
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          thomstark, serendipityisabitch

          OTOH the public discourse has become contaminated in recent years, with many words no longer meaning what they once did.  "Conservative theology" is an example as when such things are discussed, it is defined as, for example, the dictum that "those who would eat must work" or, as one winger recently claimed, "Jesus was a Man's Man, with bulging muscles who smelled bad and worked as a carpenter".

          Anyone who would disagree with such a muscular, "Schwarzenegger" model of Jesus would be more likely to be identified as a theological liberal rather than conservative.

          BTW found this story today on Fox's misreporting of events:

          •  Yeah, the meaning of words... (1+ / 0-)
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            Wee Mama

            ...are constantly in flux, which is why I should defined my terms for my purposes at the outset, but all should be relatively clear now.

            And oh yes, you refer to Mark Driscoll. He has a big following, but the vast majority of conservative Christians tend either to be disgusted by him, or filter out the nonsense, or don't know who he is. At any rate, he's a problem, but I don't think he's going to be so influential as to transform the meaning of "liberal" for the whole Evangelical population.

            God I can't stand him.

            Anyway, yes, Fox News reporting is daangerous shit. But they do it every single day. It's their business, and they're good at it.

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