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livredor
Someone amazing
Monday, 03 April 2006 at 09:36 am
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Those of you who know Gerv but don't follow his blog might want to read his latest post. It's called Thank God For Cancer. And with a title like that, people who don't know Gerv might want to read it too.

Gerv follows the kind of Christianity that most 21st century liberals, which would be most of my flist, to a greater or lesser degree, despise or even hate. His theology is about everybody going to Hell except him and a handful of people who very precisely share his beliefs (which are not exactly liberal fluffy doctrine, as you might guess). Gerv is also a wonderful person, kind, thoughtful, generous... intelligent too, but lots of my friends are bright; it's in moral qualities that he's exceptional. And he's very sick; he may be completely serene about it, but I'm not!

I'm not saying that post is a fantastic piece of theology; it's really not. But it's a fairly impressive statement of personal faith.

Comments on this are restricted, but not completely disabled. I hope I don't need to mention that I do not expect anyone to insult my friend.


Whereaboooots: Shelford, Cambridge, UK
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From:livredor
Date:April 7th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
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It's interesting, you're the other person of my acquaintance who explicitly and publicly places religious values above general liberal values. I would like to introduce you to Gerv except he comes from a religious tradition that has a huge problem with Catholicism!
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From:lyssiae
Date:April 7th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
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Hehe, Whore of Babylon, perhaps? Yes, perhaps a personal introduction wouldn't be wise: I'm a sensitive soul, especially when not shielded by the internet, and I wouldn't want to become upset! Although I do wonder if I qualify to Gerv as a Christian, and thus whether he considers my prayers for him as having any kind of worth at all. Ah well - prayer is the only and best way that I can help him through his illness, and I'll stick to it.

By the by, you made a comment up there about seeing suffering as a good thing. Might I point you to a post that a friend of mine, dunmoose, wrote earlier in Lent? It's about suffering too. dunmoose came to Catholicism from many years in another Christian tradition (I don't mention its name because I've forgotten it, rather than that I might find it unworthy of mention) and that post talks a little about the difference between the Catholic and non-Catholic Christian views of suffering. I am lucky (perhaps blessed is a better word) to have been Catholic since a very young age, so I haven't thought a huge deal about this - although I must say that I'm inspired to now.

Of course it may just repeat what you already know, and not give you any new insight, for which I apologise.
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