Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Would Jesus vote green? III

There’s a whole range of possible emotional responses to these statistics: apathy, disbelief, curiosity, sorrow, fear, anger, suspicion, guilt, impotence, despair, grief, resolve, self-righteousness. And most of us probable feel some combination of these.

I wonder whether we mightn’t be able to broadly classify these responses into five groups under the following headings:

(a) Scepticism
(b) Sorrow
(c) Anger
(d) Guilt
(e) Fear
In each case, I think there is something fundamentally correct about the response, but also something mistaken. In the following posts, I will take these five common responses as launching pads for considering Jesus’ own attitudes towards the earth.
Eight points for guessing the Sydney suburb.
Series: I; II; III; IV; V; VI; VII; VIII; IX; X; XI; XII; XIII.


Benjamin Ady said...

what about resignation and apathy?

Thanks for the link to the ted video. Very kewl.

Megan says the suburb is Manly or Bondi

Paul said...

What about a tad of frustration, lol? When I click on the link to the statistics it just takes me back to your post.

byron smith said...

Paul - apologies - link fixed.

Benjamin - yeah, I would have done resignation/apathy as a 6th option, but the talk could only be so long - as it turned out, the first guy I talked to after I finished had that response and so I wish I'd addressed it more directly.

Good guess, Megan, but unfortunately, not correct.

Anonymous said...

Forest Lodge?

byron smith said...

jm - nope.

Matthew Moffitt said...


byron smith said...

Sorry - not Camperdown. Good try. I guess you're keen to take back over Mike, who just moved in front of you by one point this morning... :-)

Martin Kemp said...


byron smith said...

Marty - eight points.