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Religion That Stands in the Way
Rating: 5.00

"Why is there such a fury against religion now? Because religion is the one reliable force that stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak. The one reliable force that forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law.

The one reliable force that restrains the hand of the man of power. In an age of powerworship, the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power."

Fascinating. This remark was written by Peter Hitchens, a Christian who is brother to none other than atheist writer Christopher Hitchens. Read the rest of this riveting piece here.

(HT: Gene Veith)


Comments:

Quite, Rolley. That's how Italy was removed from contention in WWII. Don Mussolini's capos recieved an offer it was in their interest not to refuse.

That was also how Operation Torch went so smoothly when they arranged Admiral Darlan's defection. For some reason everbody seemed to pick on Vichyites then, for being in the way. As they were more zealous about picking on Jews then some, I suppose that was poetic justice. It is even more ironic that Moshe Dayan recieved his eyepatch helping to conquer Syria from them; and more ironic still that his allies included the Jordanians.
Smiling at Jason
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Done unto a nefarious enemy, that would constitute “poetic justice” of the most delectable sort.
Most of the citadels that have been taken were done so by bribing a guard.
Vive la Résistance!
These statements in particular resonated with me:

“It is my belief that passions as strong as his are more likely to be countered by the unexpected force of poetry, which can ambush the human heart at any time.”

“Beyond that, I can only add that those who choose to argue in prose, even if it is very good prose, are unlikely to be receptive to a case which is most effectively couched in poetry.”

It’s been said the citadel to take is not so much the mind as the heart. The mind is the army outside the gate marshaled to keep the citadel secure. Poetry gives us wings to fly above the host.
Poetry as a spiritual assault weapon
I have always, always delighted in the verse that Rolley has published at The Point, but I'd also only thought of them as strengthening the faith of the faithful. Thanks to Mr. Hitchens, I can now also see them as challenging the most hardened unbelievers to reconsider. And that increases my delight all the more.
Going to get this book
I will get this book! I was living in Europe at the time he was trotting around there in his atheistic phase and I talked with many like him. Thrilling to see how God has brought him around and the revelations he has had.
DrTorch
The link is to a particularly well-written column (The British do seem to manage with written English!) Great excerpts above.
Sorry, I thought I'd fixed that. Try it now.