The personal blog of Dr. Bruce Prescott, Executive Director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists.
I do not know about "completely" blind, but I think they are nearly blind. The proposal is outrageous. I have long argued for marriage as a religiously and theologically based partnership. I cannot see how any such law could constitutionally prohibit any religious group from recognizing and blessing marriage between whomever they wanted. While the state can and will have its own definition that provides for the legal and civil bounds and benefits and responsibilities of marriage, the state does not have the competency nor the right to intervene in any religious ceremony.
On an entirely different topic, I recommend the following book:Transforming Christian Theology for Church and Society - Philip ClaytonThis book, while it does not have the same emphases as "The Future of Faith" by Harvey Cox, it deals with similar issues and does it much more thoughtfully and practically.I heartily recommend this book.
You mention Dr. Robin Meyers in your post. He has an excellent book entitled "Saving Jesus from the Church". While I must say he "goes a little to far" for me in some areas, the book is open and candid and honest. For those who are willing to think about their faith, the book will help dislodge your thinking from the comfortable ruts of traditional answers.
Am I missing something, or is this law already on the books? http://ow.ly/10CZ9 The new language changes "state penitentiary" to the dept of corrections--is that a significant change in practical terms?
Yes, they are completely blind.
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