Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Willful distortion or just stupidity?

Would Oklahoma City have opposed Okla21? -

A seminary president trots out the "Timothy McVeigh was an example of Christian terrorism" argument, despite McVeigh's own statements of agnosticism and his well documented final statement being a non-Christian poem asserting self-will.

McVeigh was raised Catholic but distanced himself from the faith. He made no claims of divine purpose in general or Christian activism in particular in conjunction with the Oklahoma City bombing. The effort in this piece seems to be to tie anti-government extremism (McVeigh's major motivation) to Christianity - to support Nero by accusing the Christians of burning down the city.

Union Seminary, source of this McVeigh silliness, used to be a prominent place, where the likes of Dietrich Bonhoeffer studied while in the U.S. Now, it's just another liberal protestant "feelings are facts" mill.


The Archer of the Forest said...

Union has gotten really bizarre of late. I even know some liberal bishops in the Episcopal Church that refuse to send their ordinands there.

Anonymous said...

From what I gather from a recent biography, Bonhoeffer didn't think much of Union when he was there.

The Archer of the Forest said...

Well, Bonhoeffer didn't think much of anything from established Christianity near the end. He viewed much of it as purveying cheap grace.