Thursday, February 12, 2015

Congrats to John Fea: Washington Post Picks up his Article

Check the details here. His article is entitled, "The echoes of Abraham Lincoln in President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast speech." Below is a taste:
This is a speech rooted in Christian teaching about love, humility and compassion. I would expect nothing less from a follower of Jesus. Obama appeals to the mystery of God and, without specifically saying it, asks us to remove the speck from our own eye before we set out to remove the log from our neighbor’s eye.


Tom Van Dyke said...

John's argument hinges on Lincoln's Second Inaugural where

"It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged."

sounds awfully sarcastic to me.

Another leg is

Lincoln wanted the period of Reconstruction to be defined by “malice toward none” and “charity for all.”

which of course was spoken in 1865 with the South's surrender only a month away. By all means, with malice toward none and charity for all has been America's way [think Germany and Japan], but only after we kicked their asses.

Lincoln also turned to American history to remind his audience that both North and South were responsible for slavery, or “the bondsman’s 250 years of unrequited toil.” He wanted the people of the North to recall their past sins before they began to cast judgment on the South.

Well, the North's sin was in failing to do anything about slavery for 100 of those years. I hardly think the sentiment among abolitionists was not to "cast judgment" on the South for slavery, either before or after its defeat. The argument here is a bit incoherent.

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