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6 Responses to “Nearsighted”

  1. Steve Henderson says:

    Can you cite even one “godly Christian” who actually believed in a flat earth?? I’ve not been able to find one. I don’t think repeating the canard is helpful, but if you’ve some evidence at hand, please share it! Thanks for your good work.

  2. Mike Metzger says:


    Godly doesn’t infer being right on every point. Earnest, sincere believers can be sincerely misguided – as I have often been!

    St. Athanasius (c.293–373) expressed a view that the Earth was flat. Severian, Bishop of Gabala (d. 408), wrote that the Earth is flat, as did the Egyptian monk Cosmos Indicopleustes (547). In his Topographia Christiana, he argued that the Earth was a flat parallelogram enclosed by four oceans. St. John Chrysostom (344–408) explicitly espoused the idea that the Earth floated on the waters gathered below the firmament in his Homilies Concerning the Statutes.

  3. Leonard Stephens says:

    Someone once said “When you don’t know where you are going any path will take you there.” Most of our world of media, business, politics, academia and religion are on that path right now. It occurs to me that farsightedness and nearsightedness as you use them in relation to the church are in reality commandments one and two.
    1) Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul
    2) Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself
    We appear to have abandoned the first commandment in pursuit of the second. How we love our neighbors has wrongly become the way we distinguish ourselves as Christians. Differences in doctrine and dogma have led us to both Pharisaical self-righteousness and the gradual secularization of the church. Bombarded by secular world view we have lost our farsighted focus and consequently have no relational understanding of our immediate surroundings. This “shift” has crept in gradually over time. Like the proverbial frog in a pot of water that gently changes from cool to boiling we slowly but surely are cooked to death oblivious to the change going on around us and within us. As I understand Hunter enacting the shalom of God in the circumstances in which God has placed us requires that we keep our focus firmly on God at all times. Faithful presence is “within”. The church does not make a shift unless the individuals within it do so first. It is not a collective change but a number of individual ones that ultimately become collective. In order to see the “paradigm shift” without it becoming a “piecemeal compromise” we must adhere to the first two commandments in order of appearance.

  4. John Seel says:

    There is no dualism. Love of God demands love of neighbor. Equally, individual Christians must learn to rely on the resources of heaven so as to be agents of love in and through their lives and callings. Here too there is no dualism. Hunter’s point is simply individual change will not automatically lead to cultural change and that the burden of shalom is first to our neighbor. Put simply, no life, no love; no love, no life. We must avoid all efforts to put one above the other or to pit one against the other.

  5. Dwightk says:

    I love your essays.

    One non-important point: Apple was incorporated in ’77.

  6. Mike Metzger says:

    Yes, talk about “nearsighted!” Two boo-boos: Microsoft was incorporated in 1975 and Apple in 1977.

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