Thursday, January 4, 2007

Credo que absurdum

One needs to spend time away from Christianity to appreciate how brutal & savage its doctrine of revelation is. If the content of revelation cannot be found out by rational and (more or less) empirical inquiry, then it is an interruption of ordinary, day-to-day life. The stream of mundane events cannot be followed upstream to the Divine. Consequently, revelation cannot be anticipated, it cannot be prepared for. Revelation is rape. Revelation is God raping the world. In revelation God injects some tiny portion of His essence into the world. His Reasons are unknowable to us. We only have His Word for what happened. Our protests are of no consequence. He knows best. His Will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.

In the Christian world-fantasy God is omnipotent, then as C.S. Lewis suggested, are we not all female vis a vis God? Ergo, when God reveals Himself to some poor sap, the poor sap has no choice. The doctrine of free-will lets God off the hook: the poor sap could always just say no.

Are the Incarnation and the Virgin Birth then rape fantasies? Could Mary have said "no"? Did she say "no"? Maybe she did. All we have is God's word in the matter. There are no independent witnesses. Tradition teaches that Mary really wanted it, all protestations to the contrary. God was just giving Mary what she wanted.

An aside: the doctrine of Free Will used as God's excuse presents makes the Christian God a deified neurotic. God can't do the good, the right, the just because human beings have free-will. The ugliness of His creations is somebody else's fault. His failures are somebody else's fault, blame falls somewhere else. But isn't this exact rationalization a common strategy of neurotics to evade responsibility?

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