I first posted this essay in 2013 on the Denver Post’s religion blogsite “Hark.” I post it again (with minor corrections and additions) since we are again in a seemingly fruitless discussion about gun control. Please make replies below (on this site) and feel free to share with others if you find it helpful. John
First, a short version:
In trying to understand the passionate outrage of some folks at efforts to pass gun-control legislation, I have come to think of “the gun” as an “anti-sacrament” – not so much the actual gun one might possess or want to buy, but the symbolic gun that pervades thinking and provokes passions. (Yet we should not underestimate the significance of holding the actual weapon, of its sense of weight and power for the owner and user.) For Christians, sacraments are ritual actions involving physical things like water, bread and wine – actions…
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This reminds me of the phrase that money is the root of all evil.