Carol Platt Liebau: A Logical Impossibility

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Logical Impossibility

This article is an example of the ridiculousness that passes for coverage of religious issues.

Apparently, there is an Episcopal female priest in Seattle who claims to be both Muslim and Christian. That's, of course, a logical impossibility. She analogizes it to the ability to be both a female and an African American at the same time, but the analogy, of course, is flawed. Everyone is of a specific gender and a specific ethnicity concurrently, but just as one can't be both a woman and a man at the same time, it's likewise impossible to hold two conflicting sets of religious beliefs simultaneously, that is, if one takes both sets seriously.

For example, Muslims and Christians disagree over the divinity of Jesus. Well, either Jesus is the Son of God or he isn't. That's why one can't really be a fully believing Muslim and an orthodox Christian at the same time.

Ms. Redding is, of course, entitled to believe whatever she wants to. But it's ridiculous for her to claim that she can be both Christian and Muslim at the same time -- and for the Seattle Times to cover such a claim not only with apparent seriousness, but with an evident degree of approval.


Blogger James Frank SolĂ­s said...

Apparently Ms. Redding believes herself entitled to selectively believe in the inapplicability of the law of non-contradiction.

She's also a one-woman Church council, determining what is orthodoxy.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I disagree. I think she's just a freakin' idiot. Here's the sad part: she has an audience. Apparently, her church is far left for even the Episcopalians. It's incredible what some people think is solid faith. Talk about a heretic!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Righty64 said...

I addressed this story and its implications on my blog and the fact it is one more nail in the Episcopal coffin. Most obvious is the fact that liberal Christians couch it, but in the end they really do not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. Thus, they can make him and God be what they want it to be. I mean the Holy Bible, well that is old and antiquated. We can take what we like and ingnore what we do not like. Tradition, ah it is just that patriarchial thing, we don't need it. Ah, but reason. We can reason anything to make sense. Thus, all we need is reason and the rest we will just tweek. That, in a nutshell, is liberal Christianity and a perversion of the Anglican three-stools-The Bible, tradition and reason. This is why I stay because the world must know there are SANE, Christian Espiscopalians.

11:00 PM  

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