Brilliant Jonah Goldberg column on the God that bleeds

I looked through Jonah Goldberg’s latest, trying to find a single paragraph to quote here.  The column is so perfect, though, it was likely ripping an arm off Michaelangelo’s David — it would just ruin the purity of the whole thing.  So, instead, all I can urge you to do is go and read it.

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  1. says

    Obama is a prophet, a false prophet.

    Now for our more Revealed Religion readers, I would like them to contemplate for a moment just exactly what religious texts says about false prophets.

  2. Zhombre says

    There are god and there are gods: running for election is Dionysian, generating enthusiasm; running the government is Apollonian, requiring order. Apparently, this administration isn’t going to play the Apollo.

    The expectations were pegged so unrealistically high that the letdown, and the sobering up, and the bitter recriminations, were bound to happen. I know people who said the long national nightmare is over, when Obama was elected; silly mortals, it’s only just begun.

    Btw footnote here: that god that bleeds scene also occurs in the movie The Man Who Would Be King, based on the Kipling story, when Sean Connery as Danny Dravot is unmasked as the divine Iskander when he bleeds, and those who formerly worshiped him throw him off a precipice (and crucify Michael Caine in the bargain).

  3. BrianE says

    It’s revealing that liberals suddenly want Obama to spare the god and use the rod. Specifically, as Dick Polman notes in the Philadelphia Inquirer, they want Obama to channel Lyndon Johnson…this is crazy talk for the simple reason that Obama has nothing like LBJ’s experience, skill set, or treasure trove of chits and political IOUs. Obama can no more decide to become LBJ than Carrot Top can decide to become Laurence Olivier.

    Now, just as critics predicted, Obama needs on-the-job training to become a president, because he’s a god no more.

    This is a good quote. Love the Carrot Top reference.

    I would have used small god in the headline.

    “Has any other god taken one nation for himself by rescuing it from another by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, awesome power, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the LORD your God did for you in Egypt, right before your very eyes. He showed you these things so you would realize that the LORD is God and that there is no other god.” -Deuteronomy 4:34-35

  4. colorless.blue.ideas says

    Jonah Goldberg may be forgiven for his assurance, but his metaphor (the god who bleeds) runs into a reality problem. The core belief in Christianity is that God Himself became human — and bled — for those who had rebelled against Him.

    So . . . while I understand what he’s getting at — man behind the curtain, feet of clay, etc. — that particular statement also has an additional — and more positive — meaning for me and other Christians than what he intended.

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