Monday, November 1, 2010

Where the Compass Points

Michael Gerson used to write speeches for George W. Bush, and it's clear he hasn't lost his flair for stuttering nonsense:

Of course we can be good without God, but why the hell bother? If there are no moral lines except the ones we draw ourselves, why not draw and redraw them in places most favorable to our interests? Hitchens parries these concerns instead of answering them: Since all moral rules have exceptions and complications, he said, all moral choices are relative. Peter Hitchens [Christopher's Christian brother] responded, effectively, that any journey becomes difficult when a compass points differently at different times.
Indeed so. If the history of Christianity were marked by factionalism, sectarianism, purges, heresies, and fractious, violent disputes, then Christopher Hitchens might have a counterpoint to make to his brother's point about uncertain compasses.

Alas, no. Peter Hitchens and Michael Gerson know that Christianity locked down its important claims in its first hours, and has stood fixed for these 2,000+ years, completely innocent of the internecine strife that tends to roil the productions of mere people. Today and always, it points its followers along a single, clear, fixed line.

It would be rude, I think, for Christopher to note that the line in question points to endlessly varied shades and shapes of pompous bullshit and to little more.


(via Normblog; image via skoop on flickr)

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