Feb 02, Jennifer rated it it was ok I was excited to receive this book as a First Reads giveaway. As a collection of essays published almost years ago with an insider's view of Chinese thought and civilization, it had the potential to be relevant to understanding China today.
Fruit of the Spirit Book Report Pages: The call is to stand against political, religious and social injustice and to help make the world a better place in which to live" createdgay. Essentially, it would be far too easy to make the argument that Trask and Goodall do not care to fulfill their Christian calling in that respect as they make no effort to defend or protect the members of society who are more defenseless.
While Trask and Goodall aren't being bold about the way in which they're being homophobic, as they're not damning all gay people to hell, nor are they cursing their names, there is still a subtle and pervasive dismissal of gay people and the lives they lead.
This is so dangerous because it teaches essentially that gay people aren't deserving of salvation and as if homosexuals are beyond the grace of God. This is an incredibly hazardous slope and one which teaches intolerance and discrimination, things that the church has a responsibility to lobby against.
Gay church members and adherents are spiritually and emotionally terrorized from pulpits and Sunday school podiums and in church publications in far too many churches" createdgay. Fundamentally, this type of homophobia is founded in a shoddy understanding of the gospel and a lack of a desire to embrace all of the teachings of the Bible which are inclusive and loving of all people.
One of the other compelling reasons why this is so damaging is that it undermines some of the more loving lessons that the authors attempt to transmit.
For instance, each chapter of the book describes a different fruit from Galatians 5: For instance, the book discusses the importance of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
This is such an issue because there is real meaning and benefit in the average reading learning the lessons of cultivating such attributes within themselves. It's just harder for them to do so when they reader has to wade through paragraphs riddled with homophobia.
Another aspect of the book which provides mixed feelings is the fact that the authors really drive home the fruit analogy -- almost more than is necessary. The book discusses "people fruit" and "giving fruit" and "praise fruit" which means that the reader has constantly focus in on this ultimate metaphor about creating a deeper relationship with Christ.
The authors believe that it will offer more succinct guidance for anyone who wants the enlightening experience of deeper and more powerful Christian spirituality.
This is definitely possible, but the danger is also that the metaphor becomes too repetitive. This creates the danger of certain readers tuning out or getting bored.
On the other hand, there is also the argument, and a valid one, that some readers will enjoy the continuity this creates and come to rely upon the fundamental analogy as it creates a strong sense of consistency.
One of the weaknesses of the book is that it is unable to adequately address some of the more controversial topics which emerge. Sometimes the authors are able to succinctly address them, by disparaging the evil and the horrible behaviors which occur as a result of the evils of the world, or as a result of greed or an unhealthy thirst for power and prestige.
Other times the book will bring up truly complex topics and not be able to deal with them with any degree of thoroughness, and treat them as purely black and white subjects when in reality there are large pools of gray.
For example, the book brings up abortion, which is a highly complex topic and treat abortion as simple murder: What his opinion doesn't take into consideration are all the children that are born in America to parents that don't want them and that can't afford to take care of them.
There are so many children who lead horrible lives and are abused or abandoned and have to struggle their entire lives: Many of the babies lead such terrible lives because from the very start their parents didn't want to have them, however they were forced into having these kids from either not being able to have an abortion because of price or because of religious and familial beliefs.
The research stands behind this and demonstrates that when it comes to things like abortion, it's is incredibly uneducated to simply stamp abortion as murder and then walk away. Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco engaged in a study to explore the possible social and economic implications of preventing women from access to a legal abortion.
Another conclusion we could draw is that denying women abortions places more burden on the state because of these new mothers' increased reliance on public assistance programs" Culp-Ressler, Given these findings, the opinions of Trask and Goodall show both a lack of education and a lack of understanding about this issue.Essays for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.
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