Friday, May 10, 2013
Jesus is Always Just Alright...
Jesus is thus rather like Shakespeare. Shakespeare too has been decontextualised and has become, for some, to take one example, in his The Merchant of Venice (assuming he wrote it) the champion of anti-anti-Semitism and for others the very essence of anti-Semitism.
In the twentieth century Jesus has been a world's greatest salesman, a hippie, an Ebenezer Scrooge like capitalist, a rebel with an anti-status quo cause, god's son who knows best, and an activist liberation theologian. I wonder if Christian gun nuts have created a Jesus for the twenty-first century who is a champion of gun rights, semi-automatic clips, and assault rifles yet?
Academics, by the way, haven't been able to escape the prison house of hermeneutics anymore than Christians or Shakespeareans have. I have set through classes in which academics read their own beliefs and prejudices into a text turning what it said into something they wanted it to say. Academia as ideological wish fulfillment.