So in the wake of yesterday’s post responding to Elizabeth Bruenig’s, um, critique, a number of scattershot questions have arisen. You can track some of that by looking at @ebruenig and @douglaswils.
For example, one friend cautioned me offline that Bruenig is not a moral liberal. But in my calculus, the beating heart of liberalism is egalitarianism, and she definitely is egalitarian. That is what the whole discussion is about. More about that in a minute.
Now I am prepared to acknowledge that when I first had her half brick bounce off the back of my head, I didn’t know who she was. I of course read her dismissal of my (most reasonable) traditional sexual ethic as psychotic, that being the half brick, and then looked up her Twitter feed. Just a few tweets down I noticed her eff-bombing about something or other. And so I responded to her incoming friendly reminders as coming from the same kind of source these sorts of things usually come from. But I am happy to acknowledge that there is a sliding scale on these things. Principled conservatives > nice conservatives > decent liberals > ardent liberals > demented liberals. Not everyone who is sowing the wind is, as of yet, reaping the whirlwind. I am more than willing to acknowledge that she is not as far along as her tweets represented her as being. But that does not alter the center of my response at all. Egalitarianism is moral liberalism in principle.
One commenter noted that Russell Moore “liked” her initial tweet, and there’s another instance. I am experimenting with using the Twitter page instead of HootSuite, and still getting used to it, and so I presume his liking it was less accidental than mine just was.
I said above that egalitarianism is the problem. The central disease in the sexual revolution is the egalitarianism that drives everything else. Because it begins by setting aside portions of the plain Word of God, it ends by us discovering that the hidden intent the entire time was to dispense with the entire Word of God. And when that happens, there is no law to convict and no gospel to save.
Being pressed for time this morning, I will leave it there for now. I am more than willing to have a serious (and friendly) discussion about these things with Elizabeth Bruenig. Open door. Liberty Hall.