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Friday, December 31, 2010

More cognitive dissonance

While in Indiana visiting family, I read the local paper and saw an editorial criticizing the current state of the city and the corruption and poor performance of the Mayor. Not atypically for letters to the editor in this area, the letter ended like this:
"After reading the stories of the old testament, it makes me wonder what may be ahead for our area and nation. One sure fact is God is still in control."
The critical reader will immediately note several things.
If God is in control, then aren't the corruption and the problems HIS fault?
If God is in control then why do we mere humans have to do anything?
If God is in control CAN we mere humans actually do anything? (After all, can we thwart the will of God?)
Isn't it completely inconsistent to complain about problems in the local government and then end by saying that another entity is ultimately responsible? And doesn't the last proclamation completely absolve those who should be held responsible?
Take off the God-talk above and you have a good letter identifying a problem and those responsible. Tack on the God-talk above and you've completely undercut your point.

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