religious disservice


It is Monday, Easter is around the corner and maybe it is time for some sermons. I have been rereading Okot p’Bitek’s Artist the Ruler: Essays on Art, Culture and Values which I highly recommend, if you can find it that is. He quotes Eric Mascall who wrote

It has been emphasised that Christianity is historical in a sense in which no other religion is, for it stands or falls by certain events which are alleged to have taken place during a particular period of forty eight hours in Palestine nearly 2000 years ago.

Eric Mascall, inaugural lecture

Okot continues to say after this that all sorts of strange things happened during these few hours

  1. how for one do you interpret Peter’s so called denial? Why should a rugged fishermen deny his friend
  2. did Jesus ever claim to be king?
  3. who were the other thieves who were hanged on either side of the Christ?
  4. when some fellow, Joseph of Arimateus took Jesus’ body, was he really dead?

Elsewhere, he quotes from Rene Fullop-Miller’s Lenin and Gandhi

It is truly sickening….God creating: is this not the worst type of self reviling? Everyone who occupies himself with the construction of a god, or merely agrees with it, prostitutes himself in the worst way, for he occupies himself, not with activity, but with self contemplation and self reflection, and tries thereby to deify his most unclean, most stupid and most servile features or pettiness.

Lenin in response to Alexei Maximovich’s god-seeking

Have a pleasant Monday, will you.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

26 thoughts on “religious disservice

  1. Barry says:

    for it stands or falls by certain events which are alleged to have taken place during a particular period of forty eight hours in Palestine nearly 2000 years ago
    Of course a great many Christians would disagree. It was his teachings and the example he lead, not a certain 48 hours nor a crucifiction nor the alleged resurrection. But of course a great many fundamentalists would totally disagree.

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    • makagutu says:

      Paul, that tourist wrote that if the resurrection is not true, then their faith is in vain. So a great many followers of Paul would agree with the initial statement.

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      • Barry says:

        I’m not disagreeing with you that a great many, probably the majority of Christians would agree with Paul, I was merely pointing out that many Christians do not hold that opinion. It supports my opinion that for every aspect of Christian faith deemed essential by one group, there’s another group that deems it trivial or false .

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        • makagutu says:

          You are right on this.
          Take for example, Seventh Day Adventists- they don’t recognize Christmas. I am not even sure they celebrate Easter. But they are all bible carrying, bible believing christians.

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    • basenjibrian says:

      Some of us don’t find the teachings or example all that exemplary. Especially as they evolved over time into yet another “system” for good and bad.

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  2. ladysighs says:

    I’m not going around that corner. Go at your own peril. 😦

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  3. jim- says:

    Belief in god will give one the experience of what they god. You will then always experience what you believe and nothing else. And this invalidates the experience.

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  4. “..who were the other thieves who were hanged on either side of the Christ?” Actually, science has discovered these weren’t thieves at all, but, rather, two dwarfs of Snow White fame: Sneezy and Grumpy. Apparently, Pilot hated the two guys for some reason, and, when the stopped into town on tour, he had ’em crucified. Cruel guy, that Pilot, eh.

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  5. AdamF says:

    Wow, you stimulated some lively conversation!

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  6. Ron says:

    Look, Ēostre is the reason for the season, and the Easter Bunny is her messenger. This Jesus fellow is just an annoying interloper. It’s time we cancel his sorry little ass and relegate him to the dustbin of history.

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  7. shelldigger says:

    Easter schmeaster. Where’s the chocolate?

    At least chocolate is real. It exists. It’s existence easily proven.

    Show us the chocolate! Made up BS stories from 2000 years ago, from men who still thought the earth is flat and did not understand germs cause disease, among other things, and they claim to know truth. I am not putting any trust in what they thought they knew.

    The ways of men, honor, integrity, dishonesty, cunning, things like that, were well understood then. But real knowledge, evidence based knowledge in other things, barely had a toehold in those times. (except for weapons of the day and means of torture) Mercury tonic anyone? Perhaps some leeches feasting on your blood to cure your headache? Some pleasant bloodletting to cure your ills perhaps? I’m sure people in those times were wise in many ways, but well informed they were not.

    Today they would be watching Faux News and worshipping Q.

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