Friday January 20th 2012 Tim
Recently I adjusted my
attitude so so as to enter the encyclopedia with an eye to better
understanding the word 'redemption.' It was a studious moment, I
had pencil, pencil sharpener and paper with no lines on.
Why? because the word
'redemption' is so much bandied around by this or that presidential
candidate, and apparently because of it, I can pretty much do anything I
want so long as 'redemption' is in my future.
On the earliest view, 'redemption'
was deliverance by payment. Which I suspect is what law enforcement
might call kidnapping. And quite understandable that god should sometimes
employ such a useful tactic to rein in the flock.
But on I struggled, through the
more recent anthropomorphic arguments where god is a summary of all that is
good in us people. And here the word 'redemption' suddenly disappeared
as I heard the ancients whisper "the greatest god resembles man in neither
form or mind."