“Straw Foot” by David Eugene Edwards – “It ain’t no sin boy, to be forgiven”

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I like this song because it is in a musical style I really like, has interesting lyrics, and because it is about the forgiveness of sin. Many of us have heard or read the late Christopher Hitchens promote his view that substitutionary redemption, on which Christian salvation is based, is “morally repugnant.” I don’t wish to present a critique of Hitchens here, or a defense of substitutionary redemption, although I have found a very excellent blog post that presents a fairly comprehensive response to Hitchens. My own purpose here is simply to share this great song by David Eugene Edwards, which includes the verse,
Tell me how it is that
You don't want what he's given
It ain't no sin boy
To be forgiven

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“Aspirations for Leviathan” – Thomas Hobbes, Gentle Giant, and Jacques Ellul

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I admit that this is an odd post ¬†– consisting mainly of three excerpts from the minds of men: 1) an excerpt from “Leviathan” by Thomas Hobbes that expresses the nature of his idea of a commonwealth of men materialized in a social contract under a supreme ruler; 2) a song called “Aspirations” by the early 70’s English progressive rock band Gentle Giant that poignantly expresses the desires for peace that compel men to conceive of, and covenant for, such societal schemes; 3) An excerpt from “The Betrayal of the West” by Jacques Ellul that effectively demonstrates that the¬†pattern of aspiration/degradation has plagued every social construct and aspiration of mankind in the West. Lest we drown in despair, I conclude the post with some thoughts from elsewhere… Continue reading