Editor’s Note: We interrupt our plan to publish Part Five of our series “Louisville’s Ghosts” to comment briefly on a tangential matter.
Seven years before the founding of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Greenville, S.C. and half a world away, the French novelist and poet Victor Hugo wrote these words in his 1852 History of Crime:
“On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées.”
Or roughly paraphrased, “Stronger than an invading army is an idea whose time has come.”
There are other ideas, it seems, that should be stopped somewhere between the cerebral cortex and the lingual frenulum.
More to the point, this is such an idea.
Dr. Mohler probably feels something like a man whose 3-year-old son makes breakfast on Father’s Day. He appreciates the gesture, but there are things he’d rather be doing on a Sunday morning than cleaning up another huge mess in the kitchen.