Here is what occured to me this morning. Western liberalism has become western narcissism and culminates everywhere in our worship of ourselves. The “search for the historical Jesus” is part and parcel of this great selfist quest,and must mute Jesus,who is the great challenge to me-ism by commanding that we worship Him. Hence, how amazing that every quest for Jesus by German universities only turns up…me. How convenient. To mute Jesus, he must be removed from the Old Testament text,which sets the whole stage for this God who is quite other than myself or from the whole of the pantheistic ancient world. So, every sort of source possible in the whole of the ancient world is ransacked so Jesus roots are anything but Old Testament. So, now the western liberal is cut off from everything that would keep him from caving in on himself.
The result is that now on three occasions,western liberalism in its embrace of selfism has been blinded to radical evil, and is sure that terrible and evil enemies are really, once again, only images of us, and therefore at heart–nice folks. Thus, Hitler is not really so bad, and can always be negotiated with. Stalin is not really so bad, and can be negotiated with. And,Islamo-fascism is not really so bad, and can be dealt with. In each case,the faults of the enemy are always a result of their having been victimized, and thus must be understood. In each case, “fellow travelers” become de-facto allies of all of the aims of those who expicitly state that they intend to destroy them.
In each of these cases, emasculated liberal churches are at the forefront. In each of these cases, one of the concommitants is radical and virulent anti-Jewish sentiment,which is not embraced by the western liberal, but to which they become de-facto allies.
The great boogie man is now the Fundamentalists “desire to impose a ‘theocracy’ on the nation”. This is the horror of horrors, and only need be hinted to bring terror. But oddly, defacto the alternative is support for a renewed Arab Caliphate by what will not be opposed. Surely the “real Islam” is moderate, like the western liberal.
In running from the “otherness”of the Jewish Jesus who is rooted in the revelation of Moses and the Prophets, we do not escape to dreamy world of comfortable selfism, but to Hitler’s destruction of Europe, Stalin’s gulags, and a renewed world of Sharia