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On Evil Dispositions

When political conservatives ceased to believe in God – if they ever had – they begin to justify religion in terms of making people behave. That is to say, making other people behave. By the end of the Enlightenment, this was practically the only argument left to them. Even Kant was obliged to save his […]

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 09:35 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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EthnoGenesis

All nations develop and peddle a fictitious history. I have seen a Nazi atlas that showed both the old, “Jewish” theory that Homo sapiens arose in East Africa and the new, “scientific” theory that he arose on – guess where? – the North German Plain. The Americans imagine that their state was founded by the […]

Posted on December 8, 2009 at 11:49 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Prophets As Bloggers

Christians who read the Old Testament allegorically, or what is much worse, mine it for quotations with which to discommode their enemies, seem not to notice that the Prophets are politics from beginning to end; and intemperate radical politics at that. Not only domestic politics, as in the divine commandment to run a decent welfare […]

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 22:46 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 3 Comments
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We Don’t Want No Interpretation

Biblical literalism (nowadays misleadingly called fundamentalism) is not, as cheap journalists like to assume, anything whatever to do with the medieval church. On the contrary, all the medieval theologians knew perfectly well how to interpret the stranger things in the Bible allegorically. Literalism is, and always has been, the banner of a revolt of the […]

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 12:31 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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Rigor Mortis

The public does not appear to be taking the tendentious labelling of the Islamicist opponent lying down; ever since the Islamists were called “fundamentalists”, it has been common to refer to the Christian and Jewish “fundamentalists” who are thought to have a disproportionate influence on the American and Israeli governments, with the implication that the […]

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 23:32 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Mystical Careers Of Pillars And Messiahs

The American government has just discovered the Sufis and decided that they are a Good Thing, being as they are at the opposite end of the Islamic spectrum from the Salafis and takfiris. We ought not, however, let the general political inoffensiveness of the Sufis blind us to the fact that they constitute a racket […]

Posted on December 11, 2009 at 22:58 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Religion, War And Economics

Many atheists, led by Dawkins, hold that religions cause wars, directly and out of nothing. That is, without religions, there would be no war. Others hold that the underlying cause of war is always economic; in the last analysis, it is one group of humans’ wanting to grab another group’s stuff. Religion is then used […]

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 11:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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God’s Job is to Legitimise My Politics

Christian conservatives pretend that their politics are formed by their religion, but in reality it is the other way round. They start with certain social and political prejudices, such as the desirability of low taxes, guns, executions and war, which appeal to their emotions. They then construct a religion around these desires, out of raw […]

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 18:50 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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“Jesus Gonna Come and Cut My Taxes.”

A SF novel contains the oft-quoted line, “Praise the Lord, Jesus gonna come and cut my taxes.” But where did Richard Morgan get this? Did he just make it up as satire, or did he take it verbatim from some religious cable channel? I do not know. If it becomes a meme, however, it will […]

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 10:03 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Can’t You See I’m A Christian?

In some subcultures Christians will, on being asked what makes them a Christian, reply that they don’t touch alcohol. One suspects that in certain other subcultures, they are more likely to respond that they believe in the free market. Or else look at you strangely, since you should be able to see for yourself that […]

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 12:55 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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