Monday, July 9, 2007

The Economist praised Benedict XVI

The Economist praised Benedict XVI in its review of the Pope's book: "the pope's elegantly, almost tenderly written essay on the founder of his faith", "he finds himself going head to head --with perfect courtesy, it should be said-- with some Jewish critiques of the New Testament.

But the best part is how the Economist summarized the book:

Whatever Jesus was, the pope argues, he was not simply a free-thinking rabbi who told people to lighten up and ignore the finer points of the Mosaic law. On the contrary, he saw the law of Moses as God-given and supremely important—and it was only because of his own divinity that he had the right to reinterpret that law. In other words, the teachings of Jesus and his divinity are inseparable. That means there is no avoiding a hard argument with those who deny his divinity: either he was the Son of God, and entitled to remake God's law, or he was an impostor.

This is the classic dilemma --forwarded by the Economist for everyone to see -- which Christian apologists use to point out that choosing belief in Christ is the reasonable option. It is more irrational to think that Christ --a person who died for his beliefs, for the truth -- was a living lie.

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