January 19, 2007

BECAUSE A UNION IS A COMMUNITY BUT A CHURCH ISN'T?:

The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair: Millions of Americans live trapped in soulless exurbs which lack any kind of community, leaving them feeling isolated and vulnerable (Chris Hedges, January 19, 2007, AlterNet)

When Mr. Hedges is dodging cabs on his way to the local bodega do you suppose he stops to talk to any of his neighbors?


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2007 8:29 AM
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Besides Hedges' obvious disdain for Christians and Christianity, against the backdrop of a decent-sounding Christian lady's struggle to forgive herself after receiving redemption, there is little in this piece but Marxist equivalence. Hedges appears to be saying that Christianity is merely the opiate of a despairing people, who have been 'offered... nothing else' by a paternalistic, socialist government. Hedges does not even suspect that there is anything real to Christianity; instead, the Harvard 'Divinity' graduate equates the Divine with the Nazi. To OJ's point, what more community can one have than to be among the children of the King? Bah, guys like Hedges who can't believe are eaten up with envy for those who can.

Posted by: Steve from DOUBLE TOOTHPICKS at January 19, 2007 10:23 AM

Astounding. Astounding that an otherwise intelligent person with an obvious gift for observing human nature could convince himself that if only we handed out more food stamps and made people listen to NPR, they wouldn't need God anymore.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 19, 2007 11:35 AM

The Hedges essay deserves an old-fashioned "Fisking," or line-by-line refutation.

Let it suffice to point out to point out his identification of Christianity as the "theology of dispair, when the very opposite is true.

We devine from his contention that we are bereft of community because of ther state's neglect that he prefers Communist collectives to the institutions of civil society, such as church congregations, such as he decries.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 19, 2007 12:54 PM

If Christianity is a "theology of despair," what do you suppose Marxism is?

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 19, 2007 3:26 PM

Was it Simone Weil who called it the opiate of the intellectuals?

Posted by: oj at January 19, 2007 5:52 PM
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