RE: [XTalk] Re: Tomb of Christ?
- The power of mythical conception ancient man has over our own precludes
accuracy in the notion, repeated here, that religions are "rationalistic
systems." They were and to a limited extent still are 'anyting but'--!
From: mgrondin@... [mailto:mgrondin@...]
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2001 9:45 PM
Subject: [XTalk] Re: Tomb of Christ?
--- Steve Black wrote:
> I'm not suggesting that sociological/poltical models aren't crucial,Actually, I think it should be. I'll try to explain what I mean, but
> but that if we want to understand the ancient world, religion ought
> not to be forced into the back seat!
first, let's agree to get rid of this talk of sociological models.
That wasn't what we were talking about originally, and I'm not much
of a fan of 'em, anyway. We're talking about politics - which I take
as deriving from basic human nature. As opposed to that, ideologies
(including religious systems) are rationalistic inventions of our
minds, and, as such, will always be made to serve our basic political
interests, and will always be that which yields when a choice comes
between the two. Did the ideology of Marxism, for example, prevent
the rulers of a supposed Marxist state from serving their own
self-interest at the expense of "the masses"? Was the "love ethic"
of Christianity allowed to stand in the way of the Inquisition and
the Crusades? Obviously not, but why not? Isn't it evident that
there's a basic dynamic at work that causes us to rationalize and
idealize our self-interests, i.e., what we really want to do or have
happen? So the ideological differences between these two competing
"Houses" of priests is not so important, I would say, as the fact of
their political enmity. Of course, we use ideologies to distinguish
political groups, but once having done so, the specific ideologies
involved might as well be 'X' and 'Y', for all the good they do in
explaining historical events.
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