published Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Bible availability led to reforms

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Bible availability led to reforms

Gwynne Dyer describes himself as an historian. One would expect his opinion to be informed by history rather than his own mere pretext. (Commentary, Dec. 25).

He confronts the British prime minister for declaring England a Christian nation. I'm with him there. Evidence is lacking among the populace. Where Dyer loses me is when he implies that publishing the King James Bible unleashed an age of witch hunts and violence.

On the contrary, making the Bible more accessible brought great reform to institutions of church and state which had long since been wielding religion for its own uses. Knowledge is power, so putting the Scriptures into the hands of common man eventually led to great accountability and reform. It did not happen overnight, but this very basic history.

The Bible as an authority over our human agenda is a good thing. Across cultures, even today, Scripture inspires people to celebrate and explore, to think and to create. Dyer's column provides a clear illustration of an old truth: text without context is pretext.

DR. TIMOTHY FILSTON

Associate Pastor

Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church

It's times to stop atrocious behavior

It's heartbreaking to read about the atrocious behavior that's engulfing our city.

The minds of our wayward young and corrupt older people are so muddled and meshed with disdain that it nearly invalidates the struggles and bloodshed that our fore-parents experienced for our sakes.

Women have taken to the streets and fight like dogs.

What makes a mother allow her boyfriend to beat her child to death while she apparently does nothing? And what about our sons and brothers and daddies and uncles who are too lazy to comb their hair, pull up their pants and wash yesterday's crud from their faces?

Folks like to blame the economy -- joblessness. But I ask, what does the economy have to do with morals and respect?

People are stealing and killing because they are lascivious and covetous. It's high time for somebody to say, "no more"!

How much more blood will stain our streets? How many more families will be ripped apart? How many more hearts will be broken before this stops?

FAYE J. WILLIAMS

Senators' vote denies rights

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker, give an account of why you voted to strip the citizens in your district of their constitutional rights by allowing the military to enter our homes illegally, kidnap them and hold them indefinitely without charges, legal representation, or any due process of law whatsoever.

Sen. Alexander, Sen. Corker, you have by your vote violated your oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and should be removed from your office immediately.

F. DOUG CRAIG

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moon4kat said...

Thank you, Doug Craig. I share your concern about that vote, and the damage the law poses to the Constitutional rights of citizens. It seems the giant multi-national corporations are ruling us, and controlling our elected "representatives."

January 2, 2012 at 7:52 a.m.
chet123 said...

FAYE WILLIAMS...I AGREE WITH YOU...BUT AS A LADY MUST REACH OTHER FEMALES....I SEE VERY VERY VERY FEW FEMALES MENTOR FOR THE YOUNGER GIRLS...MY DISDAIN IS PEOPLE THAT TALK AND DONT DO ANYTHING....I VOLUNTEER TIME TO HELP THE YOUNG MALES....BUT NEED FEMALES TO ASSIST WITH THE FEMALES....THIS IS A WOMAN JOB(A MAN PUT HIS SELF AT RISK WORKING WITH REBELLIOUS YOUNG FEMALE).BUT VERY FEW ADULT CHURCH WOMEN AND RESPECTED COMMUNITY WOMEN STEP FOWARD UNLESS THEY ARE PAID.....I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENT WITH YOUR TIME....TARGET THE YOUNG FEMALES.....SOME OF THEM ARE FROM 3 AND 4 GENERATION OF SINGLE MOTHERS...

FAYE IF YOU ARE OUT THERE POUNDING THE PAVEMENT AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH....THEN DISREGARD MY COMMENT TO YOU....BUT IF YOU ARE IN YOUR SECURE SPACE STANDING ON A PODIUM...I SAY PUT UP!!!

January 2, 2012 at 3:23 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Faye Williams letter to the editor was on a roll until she starts to attack the young obviously from her community about how they dress, whether they comb their hair or not and look.

Andrea Yates murdered her five children by drowning them in her Texas bathtub. Susan Smith murdered her two boys to be with her lover. The lied and used the well overused saga "The black man did it" to cover up the fact she'd murdered her boys. Casey Anthony finally claimed her daughter's death was accidental, but she tossed her baby in the woods like three day old garbage. Deanna Laney, another Texas mom, brutally murdered her two boys by bashing their heads in with stones, and severely maimed her younger 3rd child who was left lying in his crib. She was acquitted of all charges by reason of insanity. What did all these tragedies have in common? They all were committed by individuals from what's considered "traditional" ALL American, "Christian", clean cut homes. At least frorm outwardly apearances they seem to be.

Bottom line is the way someone dress, wear their hair or even if they have crud on their face doesn't guarantee that they'll be good parents or even good citizens.

Ms. Williams does a disservice to herself and especially the very people she should be trying to reach out to.

January 4, 2012 at 1:16 p.m.
kinch7 said...

I can imagine that the Canaanites felt the same way Mrs. Williams feels now if you want to talk about lack of morals, especially as it was revealed in Canaan when the Hebrew hordes showed up to murder and maime for Yahweh's sake. Humans have always had tremendous potential for violence. Thank god we all have guns so that we're safe. Right? I mean, really, right? Aren't we?

As for Brother Filston, it is interesting that a Presbyterian would speak up when an opinion criticizes the King James version for bringing us witch burnings and such since the patron of Reformed Presbyterian theology burned a scientist at the stake. Indeed, Puritans, Mr. Calvin's theological heirs, roasted innocent women in Salem while quoting the Kings James version. It is important to point out as Brother Filston did that translations of the Bible for common folk changed many things for the better, but let's not ever forget those atrocities the extremists and their fundamentalist backers love to bless us with if they are given too much power.

January 5, 2012 at 3:50 p.m.
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