commentary: Casuistry and Fanatcism
The Pharisee's Justifications
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 04-Dec-10; Sermon #1022c; 10 minutes
Jesus Christ reserved His harshest criticism for rigid extremists like the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees could be considered a Casuit, a person who resolves religious or ethical arguments with subtle arguments that are in fact sophistries. A Pharisee, according to Richard Plache, a former instructor at Ambassador College, digs deeply into twigs until the twig becomes more important than the tree itself. The immature behavior of the Cleveland fans when Lebron James left for Miami illustrates the twig becoming more important than the plant. The Obama Administration has demonstrated a new low of casuistry by claiming that we need to get used to the high unemployment as the new normal. The new normal also pertains to homosexual behavior, multiculturalism, and other toxic cultural aberrations.
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