William Lane Craig is a theologian and an ardent advocate of the idea that if god commands something to be done, then that is good by definition, however appalling it may seem to those of us who do not wear the moral blinders of religion. I have discussed Craig’s views and the criticisms of it before.
Craig calls this the ‘divine command theory’ of god but I think a more appropriate name would be the ‘Smuckers theory’ because of the famous slogan of that food company that went “With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good”. According to Craig, if the label of god is on something, then everything’s fine.
Like so many other theologians, Craig feels obliged to chime in on the Newtown massacre and, being the deep and original thinker that he is, finds an interesting angle.
Got that? He says that this massacre occurring so near Christmas reminds us that Jesus’s birth was also accompanied by a massacre of children by Herod. So the Newtown killings should remind us of that earlier massacre which in turn should remind us of Jesus’s birth, and that should give us hope because Jesus was born to save us from the wickedness of the world, of which the Newtown massacre is but one symptom. So that’s ok, then!
He actually says that the murders remind us of what Christmas is all about.
Craig reminds me of the kind of person that George Orwell spoke about, when he said in his Notes on Nationalism (1945): “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.”