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I’ve been labeled a Liberal

October 29, 2008

NT Wrong has created a list of bibliobloggers that includes how conservative or liberal NT Wrong deems that blogger to be. I’m categorized as a liberal Early Judaism and ANE (ancient Near East) blog.

In answer to the question of what qualifies as a liberal or conservative blog, NT Wrong commented on mu-pàd-da that, “The classifications are based on the attitude to bible and doctrine, not politics.”

Personally, I’m still not sure how that makes me a liberal. I’ve always thought that it was my conservative attitude towards the Bible that made me a liberal more generally. After all, if the infighting between P, H and D could make it into the canon, then who am I to nitpick someone’s theology?

Of course, it might be exactly my use of sources P, H and D that deemed me a liberal in the first place.

Update (10/30): NT Wrong has now posted a more definitive set of criteria for his categories. His definition of liberal is as follows:

You esteem the Bible for the work it is. You spend a lot of time working out ways to read the Bible which can liberate it for different readers. You have a book on queer readings of the Bible on your bookshelf.

I guess this then might be a good time for me to recommend Ken Stone’s Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex and Bible in Queer Perspective

  1. ntwrong permalink
    October 29, 2008 6:22 pm

    You’re just sooooooo liberal. ;-p

  2. October 29, 2008 7:05 pm

    I’ll swap you the “fairly conservative” tag NT Wrong gave me, if you like. Not quite sure how I got that one!

  3. October 29, 2008 9:47 pm

    I’m going to have to delete you from my RSS reader, oh, wait, I was labeled liberal also.

  4. October 30, 2008 1:54 am

    I pay a lot of attention to P, H, and D, but somehow I got labeled “Fairly Conservative.” If my conservative brother heard I had I had been labeled that way, I am sure he would do an honest-to-God spit-take.

  5. October 30, 2008 10:07 am

    Kevin, that’s true! You use P, H and D; and you’re an Episcopalian to boot! I think you should be relabeled “very liberal” 😉

  6. October 30, 2008 9:09 pm

    Noooo! That book is too expensive. NT Wrong’s list is queer as fuck anyway!

  7. October 31, 2008 12:17 pm

    When people are far enough to the right, anything to the left is liberal.


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