“Gangnam Style” is not by South Korean rappers. Rather, a rapper. I guess the author of this article believes we should listen to hymns? Or maybe silence is better?
The puritans weren’t as puritanical as history paints them. They were varied individuals with their own thoughts. Cotton Mather was probably the single most famous Puritan but he was also a man who often found himself in conflict with traditional Puritan dogma.
Puritan New England was one of the earliest areas of the country to outlaw slavery, although it’s true that was in the 18th Century, when the rigorous Puritanism of the first settlers had attenuated somewhat.
This is a bit tangential however, here is a link to an excerpt that deals with the writings of the early Puritans that I had my students read. It is a commentary on their habits of work. In this excerpt it discusses their view of work: they thought it God-honoring to fully participate in such endeavors, no matter one’s station in life. In fact, the reading suggests they did not consider the status of “slave” any differently than the status of land-owner, given their view of earthly life was, well, a heavenly one.
I hope youll read these pieces to gain some perspective on the development and degeneration of Reformed theology in the American colonies. If nothing else, this is yet another reminder of the folly of the golden age approach to history, the idea that says if only we could get back to period x. Such a program will always disappoint because it always depends on a mythologized view of a past, a story about a past that never really existed. Colonial America was not a golden age, not if one was an African bought and sold by godly men who, as creatures of their time, were unable to criticize the peculiar institution of American slavery.
Most of us in conservative Reformed circles are not fans of rap.
I'm not opposed to it. It is a very word based style. That's hopeful to me, and a pleasant change from the usual CCM.
(As an aside, every few nights for the whole of this summer our kittycorner backdoor neighbors would have a huge party in their back yard, featuring rap performance. We are in "that kind" of neighborhood.)
here is a cast of racist bigots calling for Dr. Bradley's excommunication from the PCA back in 2007: The Excommunication of Anthony Bradley Hoped For In Memphis
Interesting. I read a while back that there is or has been a nasty racist streak among some in the PCA, coming from the denomination's roots in the southron mainline presbyterian church. Not having at the time any connection to the PCA I set that to one side. Now, I guess I should look at it.
the explosion on the blogosphere
Most such pass quickly. I tend to ignore them.
(I don't have time to follow everybody's blog posts. The death of a thousand digressions. A man and his web browser is like a cat chasing the laser dot, caught in a short circuited reward feedback loop.)
(BTW, HTML Basic.)
"Jonathan Edwards and American Racism: Can the Theology of a Slaveholder Be Trusted ..."Genetic fallacy:
A Genetic Fallacy is a line of "reasoning" in which a perceived defect in the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence that discredits the claim or thing itself. It is also a line of reasoning in which the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence for the claim or thing.