May 5, 2006

and another book...

I can't wait to read this! Gregg Graffin of the legendary punk band, Bad Religion, has co-authored a book entitled, Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?. I know many may be indifferent to a punk rocker writing his thoughts on faith. But for me, punk rock ideology has had just as much impact in pointing me towards Jesus and the kingdom as almost anything else. When I listen to Bad Religion or Rise Against or Fugazi/Minor Threat I see common threads with my spirituality. At 17 years of age, when I first heard Graffin mock the "American Jesus", I agreed and longed to discover the Jesus I knew existed beyond what we had made him in the US. When I heard Fugazi cry, "You are not what you own!" I re-called Jesus telling us to not worry about our possessions... I guess it would be similar to what Jazz Theologian has posted about jazz and faith. (via


joel said...

yea man, this looks pretty fascinating. I whole heartedly agree with pretty much that entire blog...

can't wait to either hear about it or read it for myself...better chance to get to the end if i read it, though...

James Fletcher Baxter said...

The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
Choose wisely...there are results.

Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the

Let us proclaim it. Behold!
The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV


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