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|Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 28 2019,14:00)|
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December 28, 2019 at 2:25 pm
My favorite David Bentley Hart lecture focuses on the differences between, “the mythic and devotional stories that peoples tell about their gods and the ontological and modal claims that the great monotheistic traditions of the ‘axial age’ and after have made about God,” where Hart zooms in on “the qualitative conceptual gulf” between them. Specifically, on a distinction of category which must be made between the ritual sacrifices pandemic to our species from deep time and the sacrifices that Abraham’s God required when He came on stage.
Hart not only shows that the two served wholly different functions, but that they were at odds. And not only at odds; Hart shows how the latter exposed and overthrew the former’s bankruptcy and corruption. Not by prevailing in war, much less by winning, for all time, abstract intellectual arguments via books, lectures or blog posts. Rather, it was by a victory won on a hill called The Place of a Skull where the two kinds of sacrifice contended in the singular sacrifice of one man — whom all previous sacrifices back to Isaac had foreshadowed — where Abraham’s God answered the depth of humankind’s genuine existential needs once and for all, proximately and ultimately.
It turns out, the problem wasn’t death, like everybody thought. It was sin, go figure.
On the way, Hart successfully disposes of the simplistic hypothesis of Marx and Freud et. al. – which lightweights like Dawkins love to parrot — that religion evolved to comfort human beings, in our angst over our mortality, with childish hopes of an afterlife. A notion which the evidence that Hart canvases from the prehistory and history of religion not only renders mistaken, but laughable.
When it comes to humankind’s “mythical and devotional stories,” laying aside the first, there’s a whole lot wrapped up in that second adjective, “devotional.” The bulk of which still survives in underground form today (paganism with its pantheon having receded since Christ, but in principle, it has not vanished, but rather, still rules). And none of it is pretty.
David Bentley Hart – Death, Sacrifice, and Resurrection
So much fucking science already.
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