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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Mohler Bonhoeffer Interview

  Recently Al Mohler interviewed Charles Marsh regarding the Marsh biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Fascinating interview by a seminary President who benifitted from the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention at the expense of the author's father, a former pastor of 2nd Ponce DeLeon BC in Atlanta, and the author's uncle Fisher Humphreys, a Baptist theologian.
    In my view Mohler is a lot like Doug Hudgins, a man Charles Marsh wrote about in his provocative piece on Civil Rights, God's Long Summer. And Marsh's father, Robert, testified to his diaconate at 2nd Ponce on the devil's work done by fundamentalists in the SBC which Mohler now champions.
    Bob Marsh piece is an easy google for don't blow smoke on my blue skies.
    I cannot reconcile Mohler's career in the SBC with Bonhoeffer's views on the politics of stupidity Marsh highlights on page 341 of the biography.
     The two of them have made covenant to talk again, the next venue possible at University of Virginia. In the interim I hope both of them have mastered a conversational knowledge of Robert Wuthnow's Rough Country, framed in Bonhoeffer's thoughts on the politics of stupidity.
   Stay tuned.

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