"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"...doesn't philosophy amount to the sum of all thinkable and unthinkable errors, ceaselessly repeated?"--Jean-Luc Marion

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Of books and covers and judgment....

It's so lifelike!

Speaking of narratives:  Joan Walsh tells me that "Duck Dynasty" is a fake; that the Robertson clan is a bunch of yuppies dressing up as rednecks to make an extra buck.

I dunno.  Her evidence for that is pretty weak, actually.  Check the pictures here:  Are these guys rednecks?  I've known people who look like that, but have the most retrograde attitudes imaginable.  The people I've known would make Phil Robertson look positively open-minded and tolerant, as well as Christian and loving.

Then again, I've known people who look a lot like ZZ Top, who are as Christlike as you could ask; and some of those people were atheists.

Is it all just fake?  And what difference does that make, really?  Some people take the statements of the Robertson clan very seriously, especially if where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Richard Kim points out our treasures are involved, too; especially narratives about rednecks and white trash and what is "reality" on television.

The point is, we don't really care about the reality on TeeVee; we care about the reality we want to see on TeeVee.  So, are the Robertson's fake rednecks, or fake yuppies?

Does it matter?


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