July 28, 2017 Resources: White Privilege; Economics & Freedom; Denominations & the “RPW”
by Jonathan Hamilton
A five-minute video by Matt Chandler on “White Privilege” has been making the rounds on Facebook. I don’t care for it. Not because I disagreed with his conclusions, but because he didn’t seem to have any. It is hard enough to have a real conversation on race in America with so many banal cliches and generalities being tossed around, and too many white evangelicals are satisfied to have the discussion at this level. If you expect to be heard on an important topic, then by all means, please say something. Give us logic, facts, even an occasional syllogism complete with clear propositions and a defensible conclusion. In an article from 2012, I think Doug Wilson gives us a better base from which to have a serious conversation on the topic.
I’ve referenced this before, but Leonard Reed’s classic essay, “I, Pencil” is worth your time. A correct understanding of economic principles is imperative to the survival of a free society. In other words, economics is directly tied to freedom. How so? Leonard helps to explain. If he is correct, economics is an area that everyone should work to understand well. The introduction and afterword are also worth a read.
More and more I am becoming convinced of two things which at first seem unrelated: the necessity of having different denominations in a fallen world, and the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW). Both of these things are rooted, in some way, in the Reformation. Scott Aniol does a great job connecting (and defending) the two. If this brief primer piques your interest, check out the rest of the series as well.