On the Culture Front
Back on October 5th, in a Worth a Look posting, I inserted a link to a CBC interview with a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jordan Peterson, where he stated quite clearly that he doesn’t recognize a person’s right to be addressed using genderless pronouns like “they” instead of “he” or “she.” If you read it you might remember that he was trying to put a little bit of humor and common sense into what is happening on College campuses where students are creating their own pronouns by which they would like to be referred to. In a piece in last week’s The Hill, Dr. Peterson writes about how a Canadian gender-neutral pronoun bill is a warning for Americans. Previously he singled out Canada’s Federal Bill C-16, which adds legal protection for “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal code. Wonder why this might be of interest to Americans? It is because legislation very similar to Canadian Bill C-16 has already been passed in New York City. N.Y. authorities may now fine citizens up to $250,000 for the crime of “mis-gendering” — referring to people by any words other than their pronouns of choice (including newly constructed words such as zie/hir, ey/em/eir and co). He writes, that “They” is also a popular choice, transforming the plural into a new singular, with its advocates arguing (misleadingly, in my opinion) that such use reaches back several hundred years. I have been taken to task for my refusal to abide by the wishes of those demanding such changes to my speech. It seems that the Big Apple now protects a list of 31 different gender identities, each with a preferred way of being referenced. Take a look at his article – check out the links – it will amaze, amuse and concern you, I’m sure.
The Christian Life
One of the real struggles in the Christian life has always been following Jesus without trying to turn Him into something of our own making. Daniel Darling does a good job of touching on the top ten ways we tend to turn Him into something else, and thus end up with a false Christ. How many of these Counterfeit Christ Figures have you been tempted to follow instead of the real thing?
Are up for a good quiz about the Christian faith? Tim Challies has put together a 33 question quiz on the doctrine of the Trinity. It’s not easy, but it does help us to understand both the Trinity and what we believe about our Trinitarian God. Give it a try…
Finally, now that the Indians and Cubs are in the midst of the World Series, it seems appropriate to visit a posting that David Prince made available back in mid-September. We’ve looked before at Philippians 4:13 where Paul states that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…” Prince wants to know if I can fumble and strike out through Christ who strengthens me? An interesting take.