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Hitchens: The Immoral Teachings Of Christianity

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I take so few occasions to praise C. S. Lewis and let alone to defend him against D'nesh, well, I'm going to insist on doing it properly. Here is what Lewis says: the alternative he gives you is not that of authenticity or otherwise a Johnsonian, a Bowsalian test at all. He says: If Jesus claims to be able to take your sins on himself, remember what we're talking about here, that to me a revolting idea of human sacrifice, of vicarious redemption, of scapegoating, the idea that you can throw your sin on someone else and make him die and take your sin with him. The repulsive immoral idea of vicarious redemption. I can pay tour debt, brother or sister, I can, I will if I can, I could serve your sentence in prison if I was brave enough, or if it was allowed to me, maybe. But I cannot take your responsibility from you because it would be immoral to do so. You've no right to ask it of me, you can't shed that responsibility. The whole basis of morality requires that you face it and take it upon yourself. Nonetheless Christianity offers the repulsive idea of vicarious redemption, and Lewis faces it and this is what he says: He says: Now unless the speaker that offers that is god, this is so preposterous as to be comic. We can all understand how a man forgives offenses against himself. You tread on my toes, I forgive you. You steal my money, I forgive you. But what should we make of a man himself unrobed and untrodden upon who anounced that he forgave you for treading on other man's toes, and stealing other man's money. Asinine fatuity is the kindest description we should give of this conduct, this is Lewis. Yet, this is what Jesus did, he told people their sins were forgiven and never waited to consult the other people whom their sins had injured. He unhesitatingly behaved as he was the party chiefly concerned. the person chiefly offended in all offenses. This makes sense only if he really was the god whose laws were broken and whose love is wounded in every sin. In the mouth of any speaker who is not god his words would imply what I can only regard as a silliness and conceit, unrivalled by any other character in history. To people like Thomas Jefferson, a hero of mine, who said that Jesus wasn't devine but he was a great moral teacher, Lewis quite properly spoke with scorn and said: That's the one thing we must not say. A man who is merely a man and said the sorts of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic or else he would be the devil of hell. You must make your choice: either this mas was and is the son of god or else a mad man and something worse. And Lewis who's argued so well up till then can't complete the syllogism. Poor guy he never quite could do that. He said: Since I don't think he was the devil of hell I have to conclude he was the son of god. Well, you don't have to follow the poultry logic of that to see that at least Lewis is not making easy of himself. And to prove that this deluded individual did actually exist, if it could be proven, which it can not, would leave you as a Christian with all your work still ahead of you. And you still have to face my objection, brilliantly phrased by Lewis, that the teaching of Christianity from vicarious redemption to the love of enemies, no thought for tomorrow need to be taken, no thrift or care or famiy or society or solidarity is necessary, these are immoral teachings that have done and continue to inflict untold moral and physical harm on our species. And until we outgrow this nonsense we have no chance of emancipating ourselves.

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Posted by: rianaa on Apr 3, 2011

The Immoral Teachings Of Christianity

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