My religious agnosticism is no secret, yet I think that I may, in fact, be a general agnostic. Or futurist. Of course, the latter sounds so much better. Futurist as in continually wishing to discover new things which may be of benefit to humankind. Essentially, then, I’m a skeptic although not necessarily a curmudgeon. Rather I’d like to associate myself with the original Greek, skeptomai and the philosopher Pyrrho.
From the mundane beliefs such as the citizenship of President Obama to the sublime as in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, circles of people cling to their beliefs as if, perhaps, for security. As Bishop Spong said, “When people get to the point where they do not really believe what they are saying, they still seem to believe in believing in what they are saying! They do not even recognize the difference.” Let the congregation say, ‘Amen!’
Take the political philosophy of conservatism. The nature of the term indicates a belief-system rooted in things past as if they are still of value in the here and now. Many are stagnant. Some, festering. An especially egregious form of political conservatism expresses itself in the form that wishes to cling to worn-out and divisive ideologies such as isolationism and fear of the immigrant. Or militarism. And those who promote a caste system. Or theocracy. Any principle that posits we vs. them.
I think I may have just described the right-wing of the GOP.
Of course, it is an easy and slippery slide for a born-again, fundamentalist Christian to accept the political platform of the right wing. Yes, I know, that wasn’t at all what the man called the Christ was about. Not at all. Yet, somehow, the story got twisted. Terribly disconnected from his teachings.
How’d that happen, anyway? What the Hell do the teachings of Jesus have to do with the right-wing conservative agenda?
Any guesses, ideas, suggestions…