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It is often said that Europeans learned religious intolerance from the Old Testament. Then how did we happen to skip over the parts where laws protect and provide for the poor, and where oppression of them is most fiercely forbidden? Better to say our vices are our own than to try to exculpate ourselves by implying that our attention strayed during the humane and visionary passages.
Jun 22, 2012 02:34PM
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... I do not take the United States to be more beloved of God than France, let us say, or Russia, or Argentina, or Iran. I experience religious dread whenever I find myself thinking that I know the limits of God's grace, since I am utterly certain it exceeds an imagination a human being might have of it.
Jun 23, 2012 01:26PM
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A favorite disparagement has always been that Hebrew scriptures have little religious meaning, reflect no spiritual aspiration. Every book I have looked at proceeds from these assumptions without comment, as if no reasonable person could take another view. It is worth noting that contemporary literary-critical sensibility is rooted in a milieu not so unlike the one that produced nineteenth-century biblical criticism
Jun 23, 2012 01:10PM
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We all know about hubris. We know that pride goeth before a fall. The problem is that we don't recognize pride or hubris in ourselves, any more than Oedipus did, any more than Job's so-called comforters. It can be so innocuous-seeming a thing as confidence that one is right, is competent, is clear-sighted, or confidence that one is pious or pure in one's motives.
Jun 20, 2012 07:10AM
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Perhaps the tendency to think of classical religion as an effort at explaining a world otherwise incomprehensible to them encourages us to forget how sophisticated ancient people really were. They were inevitably as immersed in the realm of the practical as we are. It is strangely easy to forget that they were capable of complex engineering, though so many of their monuments still stand.
Jun 20, 2012 07:08AM
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