Monday, August 21, 2006

Theological Question

Can you be a theological pacifist and still love air shows?

4 Comments:

At 8/22/2006 9:37 AM, Blogger Dusty said...

Haven't you written papers on that yet?

Sure, as long as you are not happy about liking them...

 
At 8/22/2006 8:23 PM, Anonymous Closet Moderate Molly said...

Well, I think as long as you're secretly wishing those cool jets were dropping food to starving people groups instead of weapons of destruction, then YES, definitely. (I love air shows)

 
At 8/24/2006 7:48 AM, Blogger Jeff BBz said...

As probably the only other pacifist here, the answer is certainly no. In addition, seeing as how air shows also heavily involve patriotism and nationalism, you've got some more problems. At the same time, sometimes those jets are fairly bad-ass and as we all know, Jesus, probably a pacifist, loved bad-ass shit. Therefore we can conclude, as do the majority of today's top biblical scholars, that if Jesus had come today he would most certainly have a been a pilot. Thus proving true the old addage, "God is my co-pilot." To quote one of N.T. Wright's famous puns, "Jesus loved all kinds of bad-ass shit. No doubt about that. Pilot? Chef? Tinsmith? No doubt about that either. Pilot, plane and simple."

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At 8/24/2006 10:59 AM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

The amount of patriotism and nationalism at this particular air show was surprisingly low. (How would you diferentiate between the two in such a setting?) I mean, we all knew that technically these planes were all from the US Military and a couple of them were the same model used in combat, but the best of the bunch, the blue angels, exist only for the purpose of doing tricks. There was no army recruitment, there was no national anthem, there was no flag waving, there was no chants of USA. Yes, I realize that air shows are meant to make people think "wow our military is awesome, maybe I should sign up" or "nobody better mess with the USA!!!" Perhaps I am willfully seperating awesomeness from brutality, thinking with too hopeful a mind, and imagining a world where there were no more wars and all the awesome engineering that was misguidedly applied to killing people will now be appropriately applied to doing amazing tricks. Ultimately, if I were in a pacifist union, and they said that if you liked air shows you were not a real pacifist, I would probably have to lie through my teeth to stick around.

 

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