“The blood of martyrs is the seed of the
church,” wrote second century Christian theologian
Tertullian. And during his June 30th mass this
year, Pope Francis agreed: “The Church
grows thanks to the blood of the martyrs.
This is the beauty of martyrdom.”
a sense, then, in which Christianities have historically
wavered between a persecution complex and the desire
to dominate over and control the world's morality.
Christian denominations have had as their goal, after
all, the conversion of everyone to their own position
as if the old saying is: “The more the truer. “
And they're not alone. Modern defenders notwithstanding,
Buddhist religions have flourished most when
they were embraced by governments as have multiple
Islams. Confucian ethics became culturally Chinese
when the Han dynasty enforced it as a political
philosophy, and Shinto has always been tied to
the status of the Japanese emperor.
Even Hindu sects became strongest when the
kings of India endowed their temples and deities.
While in the modern period most traditions have
justified nationalisms that combine religious
identities and politics.
The sense of being persecuted has been a rallying
cry provoking the faithful to protect their brand
and even take up arms. Pacifists in these traditions
may claim that they have the truer view of each
faith, but history shows that often a sense of
ones religion being persecuted has led to violent
defensive measures by the fearful.....
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Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
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"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Zoe Williams: "George
Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls,
they want to change them..Liberals do everything
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political
argument – every year, it cedes more ground
to the right, under the mistaken impression that
this will bring everything closer to the centre....This
is what he believes it would take
to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment
of argument by evidence in favour of argument by
moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation
of what those morals are; the acceptance that there
is no "middle" or third way, no such
thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent
views, conservative on some things, progressive
on others – but they are not moderates,
they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding
that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent,
cynical or grasping..."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: 'Liberals Do
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