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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Red Sox theology watch.

As Isaiah Berlin observed, there are diverse goods in human life and they don't necessarily reconcile. You can't have your cake and eat it, too. (Berlin put it this way: "We are doomed to choose, and every choice may entail an irreparable loss.") Which brings us to this evening's dilemma:

When the sisters of the Society of St. Margaret meet and pray this morning at their Roxbury convent, they will have a daunting decision to make: whether the television set in the lounge should be tuned tonight to the presidential debate or the American League Championship game.

"God is a Red Sox fan," Sister Carolyn Darr, the superior of the Episcopal religious order, said about the difficulty of weighing the merits of each. "But I think he's a Kerry fan, too."

Happily, Red Sox Fan #1 — being omniscient — will undoubtedly watch both the debate and the game. The rest of us are condemned to choose. Argh!

("Tonight's Screen Test: Playoff or Politics?" Donovan Slack, Boston Globe 10.13.04)

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 13 October 2004 at 5:33 PM

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4 comments:

TransparentEye:

October 14, 2004 02:04 PM | Permalink for this comment

Even though I want the Sox to win, I think we have to face the fact that God is a rabid Yankees fan, even going to the extreme of screwing up Schilling's ankle

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/10/14/schillings_out_for_game_5/

jfieldnerd:

October 14, 2004 02:09 PM | Permalink for this comment

I think you mean omnipresent rather than omniscient. But thats what I get for taking a seminar on Tillich's systematic theology.

Philocrites:

October 14, 2004 10:55 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hmm, I was thinking of omniscience because I assumed God would be attentive to each event simultaneously, but you make a good point: God would probably prefer to attend each simultaneously! If God were truly omnibenevolent, of course, the Red Sox would have won.

jsps:

October 21, 2004 12:30 AM | Permalink for this comment

Red Sox win proves God wants Kerry victory. Think about it. Comming back from three games down was miraculous. Kerry and the Red Sox are from Massachusetts. Bush's campaign has adopted ground zero and the convention in New York to galvanize their cause. The symbolism could not be more transparent.



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