What if Hitler had been killed?

Would you have killed Hitler, if you had had the chance? The conspirators who tried, but failed, in 1944 had hoped to save incomparably more lives; but the conspiracy failed and Hitler’s reprisals killed thousands, many of them nothing to do with the conspiracy.

Daniel Hill gave a fascinating lecture on this topic on Thursday evening. The conspirators thought they were doing the morally right thing, though one of the audience pointed out some of them also thought they would have made a better job of winning the war for the Germans, as Hitler wasn’t a good strategist. If they had succeeded, we just do not know what the result would have been.

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Why the left needs something like religion

People aren’t angels. Nor are they perfectly rational.

This is of course completely obvious, but the left often behaves as though you only need to get out the facts about the bad things that are happening and people will immediately respond in the morally appropriate way, at least through the ballot box if not at the barricades. But people are busy. And if you never interact socially with people from lower socio-economic groups, then it’s hard for their pain to register as a significant reason for action, if indeed it registers at all.

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Kim Davis – Let me show you what persecution looks like

ON US TV yesterday (Sept. 22), the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to ANY couple because she didn't believe in same sex marriage has said what hurts her most about how she has been treated since she defied the Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June - being called 'a hypocrite'.

Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been jailed, received a 'Religious Liberty' award for fighting 'legal tyranny', been called 'the bravest woman in America' and compared to Abraham Lincoln by her lawyer. She has also been called a martyr and a victim of anti-Christian persecution.

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The Anglican Communion’s bedrooms

Not so much a divorce, more ‘moving into separate bedrooms’ was how Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, described the latest proposals for the international Anglican Communion, suggesting that the different provinces could be in communion with Canterbury but not necessarily with each other.

Once again Canterbury has invited all the primates from around the world to a meeting, and once again hardliners have replied, as they did to his predecessor Rowan Williams, that they would not attend if the Americans were there. Thinking Anglicans lists many public responses. Personally I’m thinking not so much divorce, more school playground.

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Domesticating God

How much do we know about God? How much should we expect to know?

This post is about the tension between admitting what we don’t know, and affirming whatever is important to us. At one extreme we cannot know anything about God. At the other extreme, God gets reduced to what our minds can conceive of.

In the Reformation debates Protestants and Catholics alike stressed that the human mind isn’t up to knowing about the transcendent, so God has given us the Bible to provide doctrine and ethics. Later critics would ask how, in that case, we could know the Bible had been given by God. So if it is all beyond us, should we just accept that we don’t know anything at all, and shut up? Or assume there is no such thing as God?

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