Randal Rauser, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Taylor Seminary, Edmonton, says that evangelicals who drive SUVs are hypocrites.
Poser or Prophet, Dan Oudshorn concludes that I am neither generous nor counter-cultural in my giving on the basis of zero evidence. (My tax returns are protected by Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act). My wife says that if this is the kind of slim basis upon which he makes judgments, he is a very poor scholar indeed.
Brandon, a missionary in South Africa, judged me because I mentioned making a six fold increase in my RRSP through investing of which he is also critical. Yet he doesn’t seem to ask his donor base whether their funding was appropriately gained, i.e., not through ill-gotten investments or usuary. As a donor to missions, I would certainly be less inclined to give to a missionary who is critical of the way I make money. I am not at all sure how such progressive views are going to help collectivist Africa either.
The one thing all three of these people have in common is that they depend on those who work hard and those who make risky investments in the real world. They can sit in an ivory tower pontificating about how evil investors are; meanwhile, their bacon, their very livelihood, depends on the real-world risk taking of investors, who provide jobs, who pay taxes and who make it possible for missionaries, educators, and street workers to get paid to do their jobs.
Close to forty years ago Singer wrote a powerful paper in ethics on the culpability of rich people in allowing the poor of the world to die. And yet rather than read that paper and Singer’s other work on the plight of the world’s poor, self-righteous suburban evangelicals continue to drive their big fat SUVs, tithe 4% of their income (on average) and stand in judgment of his views on abortion. What damnable hypocrisy. Before you call Peter Singer evil try reading the parable of the sheep and goats half a dozen times whilst setting aside your self-righteous certainty that you’re a sheep and Singer is a goat.
Randal Rauser, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Taylor Seminary, Edmonton
I live in literalville. I suppose Prof. Randal Rauser could provide nuance for the above quote that is cited at Triablogue, or perhaps deny that he made it. But I find it curious that he would prefer an atheist and an advocate of abortion–which is in my book the killing of youngest, poorest and most innocent human beings–over evangelicals who drive SUVs. Given that abortions in the last few decades number in the 100s of millions, it is a genocide of epic proportions. Millions of Rauser’s own contemporaries have already been snuffed out (as he was born circa 1975, after Roe vs. Wade).
I wonder also about the finances of Taylor Seminary. I know that they recently went through a financial restructuring. Hey, all you donors and friends of Taylor Seminary and College. Do you live in a suburb? Do you drive an SUV? Perhaps you think that abortion is worse than driving a SUV. Did you realize that your hard earned dollars were going to support a professor who thinks that your driving a SUV is damnable? Perhaps it’s time you got on the phone with the president there.
I’ve written about this sort of thing before. As a donor to theological education, I don’t understand why I, a business man and an investor, have to donate to progressive education which is inimical to those who create wealth. It’s a contradiction and an absurdity, when the livelihood of those who teach in theological education depends wholly on such people. For if we let this sort of thing continue, we will end up with theological students like PoserorProphet, and it is a waste of our money to help him along his way so he can teach others to be anarcho-marxist-zealot Christians like himself.
A suburban driver of a big fat SUV (but only when my wife lets me drive it), who “tithes” a mere 2.64% on average