Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Christian Theology Is Bunk: But Jesus Lives

For where two or three are gathered together
in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Over at the Irish Savant, Anonymous remarks: "I respect anyone who lives a Christian life" but goes on to say that, in his experience, churchgoers don't live such a life. This, he seems to fear, is the rot that underlies the ongoing death of the West.

But, in fact, the sinfulness of professed Christians is not the problem he supposes. Jesus, after all, supped with whores and tax collectors and found their company much preferable to that of holier-than-thou orthodox Jews.

The real problem for Christians today is that only the most simple-minded and uneducated can possibly believe the Bible. It's all a fairy tale, with some moral guidance thrown in. What's more, the big churches — Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican — are based on that Pauline mumbo-jumbo encapsulated in the Apostolic Creed, unrelated to anything Jesus is reported to have said during his lifetime.

Caravaggio: the Nativity. Image source
The fact is, we know almost nothing of what Jesus said or did. He left no autobiography and his disciples were illiterates who left no verbatim record of His sayings. We are not even sure if Jesus really existed, although a remark by the historian Josephus (37 – c. 100suggests that there was some obscure Jewish leader, or Messiah, of that name who was crucified by the Roman occupation authority at about the time the Gospel tells us Jesus died.

What we do know is that the Gospel accounts sure as Hell aren't gospel truth. They were written a generation or several after the death of Jesus by we know not whom with we know not what axes to grind. Further, to anyone with a modern mind and a clear head, all the stuff about angels, virgin birth, walking on water, the Resurrection and Ascension is obvious bunk, apparently derived from ancient Egyptian and Greek myths.

So Christianity is all crap, right?

Of course not.

Loaves and fishes: Mosaic floor, early Christian
basilica of Olous, Elounda, Crete, Greece,
Byzantine civilization, 6th century AD.

Image source.
There is no more reason to throw out Christianity and the Western civilization that is based upon it because we don't believe in miracles, than to cancel Christmas because we don't believe in Santa Claus, or to abandon the Easter holiday because we don't believe in the Easter Bunny.

And the Nativity scene, made central to our perception of Christianity through the artistic genius of Saint Francis, is infinitely more charming than stories about a reindeer-hauled sled and a jolly old fella in red climbing down chimneys.

The essence of Christianity has to be seen in the works of the saints, Jesus who, we are told, sacrificed himself in obedience to what he believed to be the will of God, being the first.

More generally, Christianity amounts simply to the golden rule, the still small voice of conscience, the Kingdom of Heaven within. This is what underlies what is most admirable in the Western tradition of art, law, scholarship, and public service. It is what has allowed the best in the West to thrive and spread the benefit of their gifts to society as a whole. But it is this openness that constitutes the West's greatest vulnerability, now that it exists under the government of a treasonous elite. We are wide open to infiltration by organized, collectivist, groups propagating alien ideologies, from Political Correctness and the worship of billionaires to Communism and Islam.

Christians needs to forget arcane theological disputes of no moral significance and attend to the defense of their civilization. Concerning churches, music, art, myth or dogma, take it or leave it as suits your temperament.


CanSpeccy: Atheists for Christ

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals


  1. Jesus versus Churchianity

    ...a long one, but a logical one!

  2. Was Jesus really an historical figure???


    1. I don't think it matters whether Jesus was a historical figure or not, since we have no reliable record of his words and deeds, and what the Gospel has to say about him — the virgin birth in a cave or stable, many of the miracles, the Resurrection, the Ascension — are all prefigured in Egyptian or Greek mythology.

      All that seems important so far as the survival of Western civilization is concerned are the moral precepts to which the story about Jesus gave rise and upon which Western civilization was built.

      The fact remains, however, that some charismatic shit-stirrer kick-started Christianity, and inspired the legends about Jesus. Whoever that person was, I'm prepared to call Jesus (Yeshua), whether or not Jesus was his name.

    2. More generally, what I tried to show is that the truth of a religion is not to be found in history, but that the proof of its validity is to be found in the living, i.e., does it conduce to the welfare of the people.

      Christianity as it evolved in Europe contributed to the social context that led to the enlightenment, the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and the free society, in other words, the greatest civilization the world had ever seen.

      Then it was decided to trash Christianity. This was done first in Russia with negative consequences, then in the West, leading to the ongoing destruction of the Western nations.

      My conclusion is that Christianity worked well for us and that trashing it is part of a program of Western self-destruction. Any other truth about the religion seems of trivial consequence.