[FoRK] Republicanism as Religion

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Sep 15 11:53:10 PDT 2011

Thus, back to my original citation: A Point in Time, Horowitz.

MT: Your father was an atheist who believed fervently in the progressive 
vision of an earthly utopia. This vision requires “mortals, fallible and 
corrupt, to assume powers that are god-like.” But as you write in A 
Point in Time, “a God who becomes human and suffers in the flesh to 
redeem human sins is one thing; ordinary human beings acting as gods to 
purge others of their sins is quite another.” Explain how “the quest for 
an earthly redemption has led to the greatest crimes” and becomes “not 
the kingdom of freedom but the totalitarian state.”

DH: If you think of yourself as a missionary whose goal is to create an 
earthly paradise — to end oppression, racism poverty and war — what lie 
will you not tell then and what crime will you not commit? If your goal 
is to transform the world, which was made by corrupt and fallible human 
beings, how can you accomplish this without the power to force them to 
be something other than they are, and therefore to control every aspect 
of their lives?

On 9/15/2011 11:30 AM, geege schuman wrote:

> Most of whom?  Christian fundamentalists believe political brinkmanship
> is sanctioned by G-d for His higher purposes.
> http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130070569
> (I was looking for an NPR segment I heard in my car a few weeks ago:
> Christain/magical thinking about tolerance - of homosexuality, for instance
> - that it opens the door to Satan.  There is no left-leaning equivalent!)

Sure there is A______n.

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