Prism Links--Week of April 29th
This weekend’s shooting at the Poway synagogue was tragic, but it was shocking to learn that he grew up as the son of a Presbyterian elder in a solid, gospel-preaching church. Although it is clear from his manifesto that neither his church nor his family are responsible for his radical beliefs (he explicitly stated within it that he had not learned it from his parents), it is still sobering. At Prism, we believe any form of white supremacy or hatred of Jews is not just wrong, but actually heretical! However, it is good for us to carefully examine our theology to make sure that we are not, even implicitly, countenancing it in any way. This article is a helpful guide to some “soft” forms of white supremacy that have sometimes made a home in reformed churches.
Carl Trueman is one of the most thoughtful voices out there, and as an ordained member of the same denomination as the family of the shooter, he is well-placed to give a careful and humble response. This attitude is exactly right—not to recklessly blame anyone and everyone, but to lay it carefully where it belongs: the shoulders of the man who did the deed. At the same time, it should call the church into careful contemplation of how white supremacy found a home in our midst.
I was born a few years too late for this and ended up reading the Harry Potter books all at once in college (I do remember buying the 7th book the day it came out and devouring it in a single afternoon). My wife, however grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermoine, growing older with them as the books and movies were released. There is actually a podcast that examines Harry Potter as if it were a sacred text. This is an interesting article for those of us for whom the Bible is still the most important book.
in 1991, aged only 23, John Singleton made Boyz n the Hood, a raw and searing examination of black life in South Central Los Angeles. If you have never seen the movie, I recommend doing so. One of the first movies to examine the complexities and joys of black life with the perspective of a black filmmaker. It is hard to believe that John Singleton has died.