Given everything I have ever taught about child-rearing and covenant responsibility, this has to be taken as a familial failure, and not just a detached sin on the part of Bristol Palin. The basic responsibility for this, however, lies with her father. Clearly in some way she was not getting the love, protection, and accountability that she and her boyfriend needed."Clearly"? How could anyone outside the family possibly know this? You would have to have morality down to an exact science to say anything like this, and the vicissitudes of the human will simply don't allow for such judgments. Doug's a smart guy, but anyone who thinks they can devise a principle that can predict human behavior this exactly in a situation that you have no access to is a little too confident in their abilities--and in the power of moral prediction.
Monday, September 01, 2008
What we can't know on Palin's daughter
Look, I'm usually a fan of Douglas Wilson. I'm a longtime Credenda Agenda reader and the whole thing. But I can't make sense of his post today on the Palin's daughter. Here is his comment: