The Problem Is Easy, the Virtue of Moderation is Hard

Eidos | 7/20/2019 | Staff
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Whatever your point of view, Christian or atheist, Republican or Democrat, pointing to “the problem” is easy. The solution is the tricky part and where godlings , gurus, and grifters arrive to sell something harmful to solve the problem.

For example?

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Following the wise advice that one should begin with one’s own group: even if one thinks traditional Christians and evangelicals got cultural critique right, many of the solutions were as bad as the problems in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The solution was at least as bad as the problem and the implementation (“We must act now!”) made it worse.

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Moderation is a virtue: the appropriate application of wisdom that avoids excess (zealots!) or defect.

“There is a crisis!” and this may even be true, but as a result of the crisis we are told to ignore due intellectual process and surrender to the solution proposed in the book (buy it!), program (buy it!), or seminar (buy it!). There is commonality in the solution where whatever else is true of the solution the person proposing it will surely make money.

Why?

The newish proposal is his and he alone can tell you about the idea. The answer, naturally, is moderation: the sane examination of the problem and a reasonable solution to that problem.

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So far so good. This is even the kind of thing my group likes to say every so often. For traditional Christians, the danger is moderation turns into an excuse to do nothing. We do not like the extreme proposals of the right or the left: so we snort and go about our business. Having slain the zealotry that would kiss every American practice good-bye with ill formed alternatives, we fall into passivity.

Martin Luther King Jr. eviscerates this quietude in his writings, particularly his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

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