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Tying up some loose ends

by: JT

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In my slow and unsteady review of old material and conversion to the current web site format, I noticed there are some open issues in this thread that I think could be addressed.

First of all, we have Thomas J's comment that:

We, being imperfect beings, have no right to judge God being that God is The Perfect Being.

First of all, it seems that Thomas J is judging his God - deeming Him perfect is a judgement.

From my perspective, I think that we have an obligation to judge those concepts which others demand we believe. I judge the idea of a god, and find it incredible. I judge the god we are told to believe in, and I find that god profoundly imperfect and morally deficient.

We not only have a right to judge religious teachings, we have a moral duty to do so to protect ourselves from falling into error.

Now on to Anthony DeLucchi's final comments in this thread.

First of all - Anthony, if you are reading this you are welcome to reply even though I banned you from the site for repetitiveness.

Anthony makes two points:

  1. First, he can't and won't defend The Law in the Old Testament.
  2. Second, Christianity should not be equated to Naziism.

Anthony's inability to defend The Law (as published 26 Feb 2005) seems to me quite at odds with the piece I published by him a mere 10 days previously (You can obey the 10 commandments). It would seem that Anthony is quite ready to defend The Law when it suits his purposes. But otherwise, it should be ignored. AKA cafeteria Christianity.

As to equating Christianity and Naziism.

There is a point here which Anthony fails to make. All too often the term Nazi and the name Hitler are tossed around as general purpose insults regardless of their relevance to the topic at hand. It is a practice which we would all do well to avoid.

But that was not Anthony's point. He was criticizing an earlier post which commented on the very public espousing of Christianity by the Nazis, and which also suggested Nazis got some of their worst ideas (murdering Jews, for example) from Christianity. This is what bothered Anthony - but it should be noted that Nazis were brought into the discussion by.... you guessed it... Anthony DeLucchi - and the comments he objected to were a response to his.

Most Christians are not Nazis - and Christianity as practiced by most Christians cannot be equated to Naziism.

BUT! But... most is not all

I could go on, but the point, I think, is made. It can at times be quite reasonable to equate certain elements of Christianity to the Nazis.