Joining The Country Club

Jews believe that God selected some individuals for a special status on the basis of their ethnicity. Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans believe that God selected for a special status everyone who agreed to be so selected. Calvinists restricted the franchise again, with a God who selected a restricted sample for a special status out of His sheer ineffable caprice. If not an explanation, however, Calvinists can offer a symptom: the conversion experience. That is, a psychotic episode.

In all cases the point is to be selected over others. It doesn’t really matter why you are admitted to the club, as long as lots of other people aren’t. For this reason no missionary enterprise will ever be completely successful, because such success would destroy the sense of superiority that drives it. In other words, some heathens must be left to look down upon, and against which to define oneself.

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 08:56 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE LONGEST CON, Religion As Social-Status Tech

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