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Essays Towards a Reflexive Sociology

SPAG lends an unwarranted air of authority to wishes of a more earthly origin, and can be a useful arbiter of “absolute” morality. Morals are largely determined by biology and societal expectations of what constitutes acceptable behavior. Having an all-powerful creator espousing these morals would give a set of morals more authority in the minds of believers than something put together by a bunch of guys in togas, so in religious societies there is a strong imperative to have God agree with that which society or its ruling classes find to be desirable. To use an example, no country has ever gone to war under the belief that God was going to be on the side of the other guy. If two countries of the same religion ever go to war, each side will believe God to be with them — yet this cannot possibly be true unless God has a very odd sense of humor. In World War II, the German Wehrmacht (the bulk of the German military forces) wore belt buckles emblazoned with the legend “Gott mit uns” (God with us). Hitler concocted a Christ that curiously enough was oddly supportive of his efforts in fighting “international Jewry“.

My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter.