4 thoughts on “Rhidian Babbling Brook, writer, celebrity and Christian

  1. So many problems in the world that the Jesus/God/Holy Ghost triumvirate could sort out if it could be bothered (I was tempted to say arsed but thought that too rude.)
    “Dare we ask if faith has any direction to give?” asks Brooks. That will be a no then.
    “Using his power to heal” was a magic trick that the Jesus third was apparently able to call up at will any time in the years he was alive, but not now despite the millions asking for it. Answered prayers anyone?
    I’m still very doubtful that some of these bible stories are no less fiction than that which Brooks makes his living from.

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  2. I’m not convinced that Jesus’s methods relied only on persuasion. He left his listeners in no doubt that the ultimate and unavoidable Judgement of the IMF at the end times would consign some to heaven, and the rest would be cast into eternal damnation where there would be wailing and gnashing of teeth. So scary was this vision that a whole new terror-based faith was built on it. The parameters were even more clearly drawn up by the writings attributed to ‘Paul,’ which are very prescriptive – women and homosexuals had better look out; the first should accept their 2nd class, servile status, and the latter accept that there was (as we say in Liverpool) nothing down for them.

    If a person is interested in a notion put to them; if they feel it resonates with them, feels right, or true, would like to give it a try, then they have been persuaded. Coercion starts when a notion is backed up by hints, or threats of what might happen if the listener chooses to reject the proposal. Jesus’s method definitely falls into the latter category. No real religious example or lesson there, then, in relation to today’s news stories – Jesus is closest to the whips who allegedly attempt to direct the behaviour of MPs through threat or blackmail.

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  3. One of the more sensible bits of advice put into the mouth of Jesus in the Gospels – and probably lifted from Romans – is “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”.** Unfortunately, once Christianity got a taste for power, it found that meddling in the things that are Caesar’s was far more rewarding than sticking to God’s, and it’s been an impediment to good governance pretty well ever since.

    Still, Jesus as Chief Whip, as Liverpudlian suggests, is a convincing notion. He would be able to see MPs’ innermost thoughts, tell which ones were persuadable by bribes and which ones by threats, and know where all the bodies were buried. But I’m not sure that even the ability to walk on water could drag Boris back from the abyss.

    **(Incidentally, the “render unto Caesar” tale indirectly suggests that the Gospels were written late in the first century. They all describe the coin Jesus used as a denarius, which was very rare in 30s Palestine but much commoner in the 70s. To be historically more plausible the coin would have to be something like an Antiochan tetradrachm).

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