No self-esteem deficiencies
For Dawkins, I can see:
“A man as smart as Jesus Christ
Would clearly think like me”
If Jesus was as smart as that,
He knew he was a faker—
A man as smart as Jesus was,
Today, would be Jim Bakker.
If Jesus heard the voice of god,
The man was not at all well
A man as crazed as Jesus was
Today, is Jerry Falwell.
If Jesus cleared the marketplace
He clearly had some stones
As power-mad as Jesus was
Today, he’d be Jim Jones
When Jesus led his followers,
His “church” was more a cult
Two thousand years of shepherding
And what is the result?
Two thousand years since Jesus led
His tiny little sect
And even Richard Dawkins treats
Lord Jesus with respect
Blasphemous rant after the jump:
Seriously… I wonder which would be the greater insult–Dawkins claiming that Jesus would be an atheist if he were around today (which at least assumes he was an intelligent man) or a slightly different view, which notes that Big J was a cult leader in his day, and compares him to more contemporary figures who want to use religion to control your life?
When I cast about me for someone who is unhinged enough to curse a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season, I don’t think atheist, I think Charles Manson.
Two thousand years is an awful long time for a PR campaign to do its work. Christianity has grown from a small sect to a dominant force, but its roots are cult. “Leave everything and follow me” sounds so sweet across the centuries, but it’s just a small step from “because I see a flying saucer in the tail of that comet. So let’s shed our earthly husks and prepare for heaven…”
Take away the respectability that two thousand years of polishing can give you, and what would Jesus be if he were here today? Same as he was then; the leader of a splinter cult, crazy and charismatic, alternating cries for peace on earth with demands for fealty.
Sorry, Dawkins, but you were far too kind.