Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Thank you for all of the kind words. High praise there. Funny, I wrote that post just out of frustration with the conversation in general.

Take care & God bless


Er, to clarify, the discussion at large, not you and Funky.

Tom Strong

The starting point of any discussion on homosexuality cannot be some nauseating moral one-upmanship, but an honest recognition of humanity's general brokenness and susceptibility to temptation and self-justification, especially with regard to sexuality.

As Michael gets at in the next thread, I don't necessarily agree that this is the starting point. People are also prone to temptation and self-justification with regard to pride, which most theologians consider to be a greater sin than lust.

I would argue that many Christians self-identify with Christianity to such a degree that they succumb to the sin of pride; promoting Christian morality becomes a way of promoting their own self-identity. They see Christian morality as infallible, and therefore see their own Christian "I" as infallible as well. Obviously, adherents of other ideologies (including ideological mutts like myself) can be prone to the same error.

I should say that I don't see this argument as one to strike down Christian morality with - after all, Christianity warns against it quite clearly, what with "Judge not lest ye be judged," and "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

But I do see it as equally necessary to look at, as our own "brokenness" when it comes to temptation and lust. My side often is sanctimonious when it comes to this issue, but our sanctimony is usually not in response to humility from the other side.

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