Time for TV station to get better than Van Impe

Truth is approached differently by diverse world views – reason for philosophy, experience for science, and revelation for religion. Because any lunatic can claim revelation, the world’s religions have set aside ostensibly “inspired” texts by which to gage the reasonable or sane in doctrine. As any tortured reading of text can be deemed “inspired,” western religious institutions built an intellectual edifice of classical learning, scholasticism, and the insights of those brilliant minds that managed to avoid being burned at the stake over twenty centuries in which the western canon worked pretty well to keep churches on an even keel. True, Luther declared reason “the devil’s whore” in a moment of aberration, and our civilization indulged in a three hundred year orgy of witch burning that touched these shores briefly at Salem. But, it worked pretty well, usually. Until, that is, birth of fundamentalism at the turn of the 20th century.

Then came the plague of people who foreswore reason in favor of self-affirmed inspiration. To them, the Bible meant anything as long as suckers kept paying for admission. Lately, a champion of that world view has emerged in the feverish swamp of tangled ganglia called Jack Van Impe, who frees us from reason Sunday mornings on local TV.

The problem with Mr. Van Impe is not that he informs us Obama is a Muslim anti-Christ, Rick Warren is a blasphemer and Chrislamist, etc. Any bipedal primate with the intelligence to pick a banana or throw a rock can also turn the TV off. But, there are well armed people incapable of differentiating between real threats and spooky shadows.

Our local television station survives with the limited resources of a small market. I only wish they could do so without insulting the intelligence of the community and possibly endangering us.

Bob Greene