“The Least of These” Are Not Christian Celebrities: A Reply to Denny Burk

Spot on.

R.L. Stollar //// Overturning Tables

Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, recently penned an article entitled, “The ‘least of these’ are not the poor but the Christian baker, photographer, and florist.” In the article Burk argues exactly what the title implies: that the authors of the Christian Gospels used the phrase “least of these” to refer not to marginalized people groups (i.e., orphaned children), but rather “Jesus’ disciples who have been sent out into the world to preach the gospel.” Burk then makes the huge leap from “Jesus’ disciples,” a limited group of specific historical individuals, to contemporary Christian businesses who have obtained celebrity status among and substantial funding (over $109,000and stillclimbing) from the Religious Right for discriminating against LGBT* individuals.

Even if the latter leap was not a completely unsupported claim and bad logic in itself, the former interpretation of the “least of these” to refer to Jesus’s disciples…

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“The Least of These” Are Not Christian Celebrities: A Reply to Denny Burk

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