Monday, April 23, 2012

Monotheism: An Addendum.  About Jesus of Nazareth much has been written from all sorts of viewpoints.  Since so little is known about his life, it is easy to represent it, with little evidence, as being this way or that.

All the same, I found this quotation from W. A. Auden to be stunning in its obtuseness.

"Jesus convinced me that he was right because what he taught has become consistently more and more the necessary and natural attitude for man as society has developed the way it has, i.e. he forecast our historical evolution correctly. If we reject the Gospels, then we must reject modern life ... Neither the heathen philosophers nor Buddha nor Confucius nor Mahomet showed this historical insight."

Does he really know much about the "heathen philosophers" (Plato and Aristotle, I suppose) or "Mahomet"?  And when did he have a private audience with Jesus, who convinced him?  The mind boggles.

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