Friday, April 14, 2006

Whose side d'you claim, the Pope or Hitchens?

Christopher Hitchens finally finds something religious that he likes, and surprise surprise, it's the Gospel of Judas.

Benedict disagrees.

I think it's rather fatuous to argue that just because an act ultimately enables a higher purpose, then that act is therefore a good thing. By Hitch's logic, a Roman emperor creating Christian martyrs by feeding them to lions would also be saintly. Obviously God's will is expressed by those willing to sacrifice themselves in His name, not by the people doing the killing or betraying.

Once again, Hitchens thinks he has something interesting to say about religion when all he reveals is a fundamental misunderstanding of things.

2 Comments:

At Friday, April 14, 2006 at 11:48:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Mike said...

One should point out that this title is a play on a line from Adam's hip-hip song 2003.

"The world has changed, or so they're bitchin'
Whose side do you claim, Chomsky's or Hitchens's?"

Too bad we never did a good take of that song back when the subject matter (9/11) was current, because it had good lyrics.

 
At Monday, April 17, 2006 at 4:16:00 PM PDT, Blogger Aaron Denney said...

Right, so the (aborted) sacrifice of Issac should get no praise.

Judas cleary does lose something, and is making a sacrifice by turning Jesus in. I find the comparison to the lions unconvincing.

An interesting argument could be made that the crucifixion was not god's plan, but he took advantage and miraculously turned it to the good. But that's a heresy on so many levels.

 

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