Don’t draw your own conclusion.
Submit to the grand illusion.
Get on your knees.
There will be no absolution.
No final step of evolution.
The end is near.
I, I, I am the president.
I, I, the emperor.
I, I, I am the king of the world.
The only good god is a dead god.
The only god good for me.
The only good god is a dead god, baby.
The only damn god I need.
Marilyn Manson, Dead God
I finally finished both volumes of Jensen’s Endgame. Good stuff and it gave me lots to think about. Yesterday morning I began Vine Delorias God Is Red. Another good one and it is already sparking a number of thoughts. In fact, work was so slow yesterday that I made it through almost half the book.
One of the things that immediately struck me was a discussion about Christian anthropomorphism of the deity. God is always represented as an old human male, characterized as the ultimate family patriarch: very much a patriarch in the terms of our culture as Jensen relates. Violent and vengeful and abusive but also all-loving. As if those things can honestly co-exist.
Meanwhile, in Native American tribal belief systems, however the Great Spirit is described, it is almost always as an unknown, unseen force without anthropomorphic form. I found this to be an interesting thing to point out, seeing as how Christian theology, based in Hebrew tradition supposedly relates back to the ten commandments. And how did that go? Oh yeah: Thou shalt make no idol…..
In fact, in reading Vine I am seeing a whole lot more of the internal inconsistencies of Christian thought. I’ve always been aware that there is a lot of hypocrisy in (especially) modern Christian thought and behavior. But I find in reading this, I am seeing a whole lot more obvious contradiction, and I expect that is because Vine is truly an “outsider” looking in. At least far more so than most modern humans. Good stuff.