Saturday, March 11, 2006

A tale of two reviews

Powerline quoting The Weekly Standard review of Our Endangered Values vs. me quoting The New York Review of Books review of the same.

See all those facts and figures in the Wills review? Those are just "liberal cliches" to be dismissed with handwaving and ad hominems.

Weekly Standard says

Carter's previously meager theological reflections shrivel to nothingness in Our Endangered Values. He equates fundamentalist Christianity in the United States with radical Islamist fundamentalism, as though Southern Baptists were about to sign up for flight school
Can you see the error in reasoning here? The reviewer asserts comparison is absurd because Christian fundamentalists are not actively engaging in suicide bombings, yet Carter was clearly comparing them in a different regard, specifically, he was comparing the tendency of both forms of fundamentalism towards "rigidity, self-righteousness, and an eagerness to use compulsion (including political compulsion)."

Take a look at this quote from Dominionist D. James Kennedy and judge for yourself whether such a comparison has any merit.

"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."

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