Hardball on Hagee and Beck

Chris Matthews takes umbrage with John Hagee’s appearance at the Glenn Beck rally. I don’t think the conversation here is all that helpful or illuminatng—except in one sense. This is the most theology I think I have ever heard discussed on “Hardball.” The discussion touches on theodicy, sin, judgment, and the nature of God. That’s pretty unusual for this program, but it does show where some of these characters are on the most important questions in the world.

One more thing. Even though Matthews is a Roman Catholic, he regularly opposes Roman Catholic teaching on his program. It seems a bit inconsistent to defend the church against the likes of Beck, but that is what he does.

9 Responses to Hardball on Hagee and Beck

  1. Brent Riggs September 2, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    Because he’s a complete idiot.


    PS. Sorry I would rarely say that about anyone in a comment or blog post, but for Matthews, there is really no other way to describe him. He’s a foolish buffoon who isn’t even a good thinker, much less an honest one.

  2. Matt Svoboda September 2, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    lol… Nice Brent. And yes, very true.

  3. Tim Rogers September 2, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    Dr. Burk,

    Could it be that he disagrees with the Political direction this thing is taking? I am with you that Beck should be looked on suspiciously concerning leading Christians in theological ecumenicism. However, try as they may to say otherwise, Beck and other Evangelical leaders are leading us in a Political movement.


  4. Bill Mac September 2, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    If there is anything that should make Christians look more suspiciously at Beck, it would be the addition of Hagee. And if Beck is leading us in a political movement while claiming to lead us in a theological movement, doesn’t that make him deceptive?

  5. Steve Furse September 2, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Chris Matthews only discusses politics. All other issues are camouflage for that. Do not be fooled.

  6. MRS September 2, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Matthews is wrong, no doubt, but we should, under no circumstances, be defending John Hagee.

  7. Denny Burk September 2, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    MRS (#5),

    I’m with you on that one.


  8. RD September 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    I’m curious. Why the beef with John Hagee?

  9. Denny Burk September 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm #


    I think he conflates the gospel with “God and Country” populism. Also, he talks sometimes like he holds to a dual covenant theology. Those are the biggest problems in my view.


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