25 August 2010

Douglas Wilson and I now agree on pretty much everything

OK. That might be a bit of an overstatement. But we do seem to agree on pretty much everything that we used to argue about, at least as far as I can tell anyway.

Here is a list of things that Douglas and I now seem to agree on:

  1. No one should be burned alive or stoned to death (with the possible exception of pedophile priests).

  2. Specifically, the following people and acts should not be punished by stoning, as required by the Bible.

  3. No one should obey God’s command to burn people to death. Specifically, the following people should not be burned to death:

    • A man, wife, and her mother if they are having an affair, get married, or whatever. – Leviticus 20:14

    • A priest's daughter that plays the whore – Leviticus 21:9

  4. Homosexuals should not be executed. -- Leviticus 20:13

  5. A Christian should not own slaves, even if they are treated well.

If you've read my previous posts about Douglas Wilson's views, you'll know that this is quite a change. Douglas and I disagreed on all of these items just a few years ago.

And it's possible that we still do. I haven't yet got a clear answer from Douglas on this list of agreements. But I hope to see it soon here.

October 7, 2010 Update: Doug Wilson and I no longer agree on #5 (slavery).


Xaratherus said...

While you're at it, Steve, perhaps you might ask him about Romans 1:29-32. At least a few of those Old Testament crimes are still spelled out and in effect under New Testament law - and R1:32 specifically states that they still "deserve death" for those sins.

Does he advocate death based on those passages as well? I think it would be far more interesting to hear his answer on that, since many Christians I've spoken with claim to be beholden only to New Testament law.

Steve Wells said...

Well, Doug used to be a big fan of Romans 1:29-32. He used it to show that all OT laws should be applied, exactly as written and with the specified punishments, except when specifically abrogated by something in the NT.

But he won't talk about that anymore, at least not clearly. It's too embarrassing and he'd lose too many followers. So he keeps all that to himself now.

Matthew Blanchette said...

Well, that's what religion has come to today; so embarrassing and offensive to modern mores that one must let it fester within themselves. :-/

Thanks, religion! :-P