This is an amazing gift! Impressed with how CT captured it.
Shellnutt’s piece was provocative in the best way, bringing to light a growing phenomenon that Christians ought to consider thoughtfully. However, her article presented the issue in ways that neglect grave reservations appropriate to the issue. Surrogacy is problematic not only because of the embryo manipulation and economic justice troubles often raised in hesitation. Surrogacy is problematic because of the way it misunderstands pregnancy, and for that reason Christians ought not bless it as a kind of ministry.
I greatly appreciate Jayson Casper’s finely nuanced article addressing takfir. Instead of taking the time to listen to our Muslim neighbors as this article demonstrates, we tend to take an essentialist view of religion, which condemns all Muslims without understanding [Islam’s] complexities. We Christians will be judged by this same essentialist measure by Muslims until we take the time to listen, pray, and cry with our Muslim neighbors who are seeing the fragmentation of their religion on the nightly news.
Your assessment of why the Lord’s Prayer includes “lead us not” was spot-on correct, and the points made were sound both scripturally and liturgically. I love the fact that you used Scripture to define and interpret Scripture! This is the only way that Scripture can be properly interpreted, and I wish more writers and scholars used this approach. Thank you for a wonderful article. You have added clarity to a subject the world is trying to cloud.
Derek Rishmawy, thank you for sharing your story and your processing ...1
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