Bob never in my life have I ever been able to reconcile Christianity with the white race. I started young by being kicked out of Baptist Sunday school and I have never looked back, Christianity simply has no pull for me and the bible bores me to death. Could you possibly make a case for it since it seems a good many people still circle around it and I do not want to sound like the town atheist like Mencken wasting my time denigrating someone's "faith."

Comment by Simmons


Once again, what I am going to say is so simple it sounds like a joke, but it isn't:

You need to distinguish between Christ and ianity. All I ever heard in churches was the ianity.

In The Screwtape Letters, the Senior Demon Screwtape advised his novice tempter Wormwood to favor complicated theology, "After all, the Enemy (Christianity) has only one doctrine, the Resurrection, and one faith, The Redemption."

That is all there is to Christ, and you can't make a living, you can't make an "ianity," out of it.

That's all there is, there ain't no more. And Christ, minus the ianity, made it even easier: Even a mustard seed of faith was plenty to begin with.

But what appeals to me and to CS Lewis and to other Aryans was the sheer heroism and responsibility Christ took and ianity hides from. Jesus did not say he was a prophet like Mohammed or philosopher like Buddha. To quote CS Lewis, "He was God or he was a madman."

If he was a madman, he was one we can understand, one we can admire. He went up on that cross on purpose, and he took on all of his own Jewish tradition and the mightiest empire the world had ever known.

This drives the theologians NUTS. They want to quibble for a living. They want to quote ever more obscure texts. Above all they want to have something complicated, something to have huge meetings and to write billions of pages about, angels on the heads of pins. That was precisely what Jesus denounced and mocked and got crucified for denouncing.

Lastly, Jesus took FULL responsibility. Nothing resounds in the words of ianity like the word,

***I*** am the way, the truth and the light. No man goes to the Father but by ME."

That is a sentence every theologian denounces daily. ALL faiths are good. Certainly Jesus did not mean the JEWS, the people he was talking to at the time, and so forth.

"ianity" makes me sick. I have only the tiniest bit of faith in the Resurrection, but if that happened, then the Redemption follows. But Christ NEVER said, "Read more Bible." His whole life testifies to the fact that he knew all about the Book but he went out among the people to explain what good was and what bad was while the people who crucified him stayed in the temple.

A hero who said "Take it or leave it." Only the churches could make THAT sound as modern-Jew-whiney as they do.

"Christianity?" "ianity" makes me sick, but I will always stand in awe of Christ.