Heresy as Pathetic Attempt to Be Liked

Because if we give up believing in the Trinity, everybody will like us, the Jews will admit that Christianity was right, and there’ll never be any arguments again.

Yeah, and that’s why everybody in the world is a Jewish Unitarian Jehovah’s Witness! Because eliminating theology and the Trinity is such a great recruiting tool, and produces instant Judeo-Christian unity!

Anyway, read the review. It’s a very strong takedown of the whole idea that early orthodox Christianity came up with its theology as some kind of “total global political dominion” technique, or at least of the facile way that people assume this without ever adducing any evidence. (Which is a shame, because personally I’d think such a conspiracist would enjoy making bizarre connections between imperial politics and Trinitarianism. It would be silly and not prove anything, but at least you’d have tried.)

Also, we learn that somewhere on the Internet, somebody takes poor heretical Michael Servetus seriously. He doesn’t write a book about Michael Servetus, because it’s a lot easier not to examine your idols closely, but at least somebody likes the poor guy. (Calvin burnt him at the stake. With his book chained to his leg so they could burn the book too. Which was what they normally did in Geneva to theologians Calvin didn’t like.)

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5 responses to “Heresy as Pathetic Attempt to Be Liked

  1. First time I’ve seen a friend link to the BMCR! One of the founders is Richard Hamilton, a classicist at Bryn Mawr who’s a great teacher. (I took Greek Lit in Translation from him way back when I was at Haverford. When we hit Old Comedy, we discovered he had never heard of Monty Python. So we educated him.) When I (somewhat crazily) agreed to be an open-access journal editor, I contacted him to ask him about his experiences starting up the BMCR, and the essence of what he said is that the review quickly established a reputation for lively, no-holds-barred but civil analysis. Still there, obviously.

    • That is very cool!

      Patristics and history blogs are always quoting the BMCR, because all the cool academic Greco-Roman books show up there; so I read a fair amount of their reviews that way. I guess I just haven’t been linking enough to them linking to the BMCR.

  2. Pingback: Why everyone is a “Jewish Unitarian Jehovah’s Witness!” » The Curt Jester

  3. “For example, the statement on pg. 109 that, as one substance and three persons, “the Trinity is ‘quadernity’.” ”
    Yes, that is what the Blessed Joachim, “who was in error called heretic”, accused Peter Lombard of. And got slapped down himself.

  4. joy

    I read your link, and dang, that guy got into print?? That has to be the dumbest thing I’ve read this week, and I’m counting student papers in that tally. Just. Wow. Dumb.

    On a brighter note, have you read/listened to this? It is fun:

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