Sunday, September 22, 2019

Bibles and Brews, Tuesday, September 24, Under Pressure Brewing, at 6:30pm: a Lutheran consideration of Communism

Upcoming event at which this particular blogger will be leading a discussion (a.k.a. presenting, or "herding cats") on a Lutheran consideration of Communism. If you have an interest, do show up!

This coming Tuesday, September 24th, your humble blogger will be part of the presentation on a Lutheran consideration of Communism, to be held at 6:30pm at Under Pressure Brewing, 8806 7th Ave N Golden Valley, MN 55427. The other part of the presentation will be, obviously, some very good beer, so at least one part of this will turn out well. The event is being held by Saint John's Lutheran Church of Corcoran (and Maple Grove) Minnesota.

Those interested in attending should use the comment section below to contribute questions for the event, which I will try to answer, and which will give me a better idea of what topics are of greater interest to those attending. Topics so far may include:

Why has the question of the Christian, the Church and its relation to modern manifestations of communism become important at this particular time in history in North America, Western Europe, and in Western Civilization in general?

Is there one form of political or social structure that is most compatible (or incompatible) with Christianity?

Are the Cultural Marxist, Socialist, and Liberation Theology criticisms of Christianity valid? How so? How not so?

Are private property, ownership, democracy, liberty and the other traditional aspects of what we know as Western Civilization little more than accidents of a particular phase of history? Are they like slavery, an outmoded accommodation to an earlier and more brutal time, economic order and society?

What do the commandments "Thou Shalt not Steal" and "Thou Shalt not Covet" mean if private property is an entirely optional aspect of a given order?

Is Acts 2:44-45 prescriptive or descriptive? What is it describing or prescribing?

And other topics, which you might suggest in the comments below.

Doors should open at 6:30pm, and discussion is scheduled to start at 7pm.

Gordon Bynum, Chaplain, the Saint Timothy Society for Lutheran Seminary Scholarship