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Easter Reflections

April 16, 2006 | 3 Comments

“That a good man may have his back to the wall is no more than we knew already; but that God could have his back to the wall is a boast for all insurgents for ever. Christianity is the only religion on earth that has felt that omnipotence made God incomplete. Christianity alone has felt that God, to be wholly God, must have been a rebel as well as a king.”

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1908

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3 Responses to “Easter Reflections”

  1. Oz
    April 16th, 2006 @ 9:17 am

    Of course, any struggle involving an omnipotent being is meaningless play. If Jesus rebelled against anything, it was against the religion his father established in the first place. That we’re supposed to worship both the father and the son who rebelle against him isn’t profound, it’s merely inane.

  2. Tom
    April 16th, 2006 @ 11:10 am

    This is just an example of latter-century Christianity wanting to have its cake and eat it too. Since “kings” have fallen out of fashion, Christians have tried to remodel their god into a character who is striving and suffering right along with everyone else. Regardless what Chesterton says, his idea that God is a “rebel as well as a king” is not scripture. What it is is another example of logically opposing principles being mashed together in an attempt to make the central tenet of Christianity more palatable.

  3. Mark Plus
    April 16th, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    Christians get hung up on the idea that you have to “rebel” to live as your own master, as Chesterton phrases it. But we have a perfectly good word for the individual who asserts a considerable amount of mastery over his life: entrepreneur. If we compared the practice of thinking and living for yourself to quitting your Dilbert job so you can start your own business and act as your own boss, instead of framing it as “rebelling against king god,” then it would sound positively beneficial.

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