Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NCC Statement about the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

NCC statement on murder of George Tiller

Posted by: Chuck Currie on June 3, 2009 at 10:52AM EST

The following statement was released by NCC General Secretary, the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon.

New York, June 3, 2009 -- The 35 member communions of the National Council of Churches do not have a consensus on the issue of abortion and consequently the Council has not addressed the issue.

But we do have a clear consensus about the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he was welcoming friends and visitors in the narthex of his church last Sunday: it was a cruel, despicable and evil act. It was a depravity contrary to scripture and the Word of God, and we condemn it.
Moreover, we condemn those who use Web sites, television programs, brochures and other media to encourage the impression that murder in the name of life is a righteous act. How can Satan, Jesus asked, cast out Satan? The commandment, "You shall not murder," applies to all, and no one has the authority to suspend the law of God.

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"Serendipitous Creativity" from Gordon Kaufman

"I suggested that what we today should regard as God is the ongoing creativity in the universe - the bringing (or coming) into being of what is genuinely new, something transformative; …

"In some respects and some degrees this creativity is apparently happening continuously, in and through the processes or activities or events around us and within us(…) is a profound mystery to us humans(…) But on the whole, as we look back on the long and often painful developments that slowly brought human life and our complex human worlds into being, we cannot but regard this creativity as serendipitous …

"I want to stress that this serendipitous creativity - God! - to which we should be responsive is not the private possession of any of the many particular religious faiths or systems …

"This profound mystery of creativity is manifest in and through the overall human bio-historical evolution and development everywhere on the planet; and it continues to show itself throughout the entire human project, no matter what may be the particular religious and or cultural beliefs."

Gordon Kaufman, Mennonite Life, December 2005 vol. 60 no. 4

Melville is a rational man who

"Melville is a rational man who wants God to exist. He wants Him to exist for the same reasons we all do: to be our rescuer and appreciator, to act as a confidant in our moments of crisis and to give us reassurance that, over the horizon of our deaths, we will survive." (John Updike)

And that is a problem for me.

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