Thursday, June 15, 2006

Actual christians must reject Bu#h

If you want to know why Americans are so frightened and why we attack anything that challenges our dominance over others, read the Bible.

Whereas American theology was born out of a hope for democracy, much of it is wedded to a picture of Christ as a benevolent dictator. Should we be surprised that a hierarchical cosmology would produce hierarchical churches and nations? Should we be surprised that religious nations that picture Christ as a loving dictator have produced conquistadors, inquisitors and crusaders?

What else could they produce? As the tree is, so shall be the fruit. The word "Lord" was not in the original Bible. It is an English word from feudal times. Whereas the Greek word kurios had a range of meanings, from a title of respect to a title of leadership to a name for the sacred, the English translation "Lord" refers specifically to a male European land baron. Many people have softened that interpretation in their own minds, but in times of great stress, such nuance falls away and many Christians seek a white male king. He may be called "Pope" he may be called "the decider President," he may be called "televangelist," but the title only masks what he is, a benevolent (or not so benevolent) dictator.

Neither Calvin nor Luther spoke English, but they helped the Popes lay the groundwork for the view of God as a cosmic dictator. From Popes, Luther and Calvin we have some of the ugliest slurs ever recorded against women, intellectuals and those who refused the church's message. How did Christians hold slaves, oppress women and slaughter nonbelievers? Perhaps they could not see Christ in non-male, non-European, and non-Christian people because they were limited by their theology. Their "Christ" was merely a glorification of the most powerful member of their own culture.

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1 Comments:

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Alexander said...

Does Condi have any little blue dresses that might need to go to the cleaners?

Gawd...how I miss Clinton! The world would be a much more sane, safe place today if he were still in office. Blowjobs in the Oval Office? Who the f*ck cares...2500 American service members and countless thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians would still be alive. America would still be respected in the international community and I myself would still be proud of what our flag represented.

 

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