I recently posted “C.S. Lewis Drank Three Pints of Beer in the Morning — A Letter From Tolkien.”
So, to continue with the theme of famous Christians who write letters dealing with alcohol:
Lapham’s Quarterly recently offered this letter by Martin Luther, written to Jerome Weller. Here’s an excerpt dealing with the temptation to be melancholy:
“Whenever the devil harasses you thus, seek the company of men, or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, aye, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you, ‘Do not drink,’ answer him, ‘I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.’ One must always do what Satan forbids. What other cause do you think that I have for drinking so much strong drink, talking so freely and making merry so often, except that I wish to mock and harass the devil who is wont to mock and harass me. Would that I could contrive some great sin to spite the devil, that he might understand that I would not even then acknowledge it and that I was conscious of no sin whatever. We, whom the devil thus seeks to annoy, should remove the whole Decalogue from our hearts and minds.”
That, Protestant evangelicals, is your great-granddaddy.
Posted in beer, Christian Humanism, epistles, history, letters, Martin Luther
Tagged alcohol, booze, Christian writers, devil, drink, drinking, epistles, fellowship, history, Jerome Weller, Lapham's Quarterly, letters, Martin Luther, sin, temptation
A couple of weeks ago, I’m told, my 10-year-old daughter was drinking some Coca-Cola—maybe guzzling is the right word—at the Christian home-school co-op she attends once a week. One of the Moms commented on my daughter’s ability to drink Coke so quickly. My daughter said she likes a strong lemon soda at Starbucks, suggesting she’s used to having her throat stung by carbonation and intense flavors. Then my kid added, “I’ll be great at taking shots when I’m older.”
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Tagged alcohol, beverages, children, Coca-Cola, homeschool co-ops, homeschooling, kids, parenting, shots, Starbucks
Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol (United States, prohibition era) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This week, I get to go to “Active Shooter Training,” as required by the university. I thought this was grim and cynical, but then maybe I’m grim and cynical: I think gun laws, like drug laws, like our ill-conceived attempt at alcohol Prohibition, will just make the underground market more powerful. If people want something, someone will supply it, legally or not. Demand and desire make common ground for anything prohibited. So, with despair and resignation, I guess “Active Shooter Training” will always be a good idea.
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Tagged Active Shooter Training, alcohol, colleges, drugs, guns, law, police, Prohibition, rights, Training
An edited version of this item, from my Beerman column, appears in the current Weekly Surge, a free newspaper distributed in the Myrtle Beach area:
I was staying at a Baptist conference center the night before my PBR article was due.
I’m always racking up the frequent-guest points at Baptist conference centers, and cashing them in for sweet tea and potato salad.
I was there because my wife had gone the center’s accompanying girls’ camp during her growing-up years, and now my daughters are carrying on the tradition.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great camp, and the conference center’s room were cleaner than most hotel rooms. I guess working for cranky tourists is a little less motivating than working for the Almighty.
Anyway, I had to do a little PBR-related research to do, so I went online. The Google search returned the results, and I clicked.
Suddenly, a note popped up on the screen: the site was banned, for it fell within the “Alcohol/Tobacco Category.”
I knew I couldn’t bring any alcohol or tobacco – I was really proud of myself for not smuggling any in – but I couldn’t even read about it?
Wouldn’t it count as opposition research?
That’s why I’m an Episcopalian. Our little-known motto is, “The Protestants Who Drink.” Our Jesus turned water into wine, not Welch’s Grape Juice.
Elsewhere, I have recorded my journey to discovering why taurine is in energy drinks, with or without alcohol.