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Hadley Freeman, writing for the Guardian, has articulated the misogyny argument as an explanation for the horror of Elliot Rodger’s actions, with more persuasive clarity than many commentators who simply seem to trot out the “misogyny” line in an attempt to score political points or to make sense of a senseless tragedy.
Of course it is the burning question of our day. It is the question all Christians seek to answer. It is undoubtedly the mystery of life which the world that finds the Christian gospel incomprehensible is begging the church to clear up.
Cathy Young has posted a blistering critique of the misogyny argument as an explanation for the tragic life and violent death of Elliot Rodger and his eruption into international attention last week.
Some commentators will take almost any event, no matter how tragic, and use it to drive home their argument against ideas with which they disagree and to reinforce their attack on forces at work in our culture which they have determined are harmful.
A comment in response to Christian Relationships #1 (https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/christian-relationships-1/), raises an obvious and troubling question for the church.
According to the Guardian, for whom she writes a weekly column, Scottish journalist Deborah Orr “is one of Britain’s leading social and political commentators.”
According to the “Oxford Dictionaries” misogyny is “Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.”
It may be that the reason Christians have so often focused on doctrine and morality, instead of paying attention to the New Testament’s prevailing concern about how we relate to one another, is that theology and morality are easier to manage than the challenge of fulfilling the New Testament mandate for Christian relationships.
Too often Christian faith has been portrayed simply as a matter of holding right doctrine and abiding by authorized morality.
In every situation in life there are three forces at work.