Quotation for Easter Week

From Terry Eagleton’s review of Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion.

Jesus, who pace Dawkins did indeed ‘derive his ethics from the Scriptures’ (he was a devout Jew, not the founder of a fancy new set-up), was a joke of a Messiah. He was a carnivalesque parody of a leader who understood, so it would appear, that any regime not founded on solidarity with frailty and failure is bound to collapse under its own hubris.

If God chose to dignify not only humanity, but weak, suffering, and despised humanity, by allowing Jesus to go experience it, that is a sign of the way we ought to treat the weak, suffering, and despised. Not by trying to stamp them out, but by practicing “solidarity with frailty and failure.”


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