How to contend with the media's startling ignorance of Christianity

How to contend with the media’s startling ignorance of Christianity

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No topics confound media with greater regularity than firearms and Christianity.

To put it plainly, many commentators and reporters have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to either of these subjects.

We were reminded earlier this month of the press’ general ignorance of the Second Amendment and firearm-related issues following a politically motivated assassination attempt on a Republican member of Congress.

And we’re reminded now of media’s general illiteracy regarding Christianity following the publication of a New Yorker article titled, “How A. E. Housman Invented Englishness.”

In a lengthy and meticulously edited piece examining the works and influences of the poet Houseman, the author, former New Yorker deputy editor Charles McGrath, inadvertently revealed his ignorance of a well-known Bible verse.

One particular poem in Housman’s “A Shropshire Lad,” McGrath wrote, included a “strange” line recommending, “plucking out your eye and cutting off your hand or foot if it offends you.”

Strange? There’s nothing strange about that line. It is a clear and obvious reference to Matthew 18:9, which reads: “And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”

This article continues at [Washington Examiner] Reminder: Many reporters are basically clueless about Christianity

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