Imago Dei and the Slippery Slope

More on the image of God at Auster. The criticism is that any discussion of whether people might lose the image of God and/or become subhuman leads to concentration camps, more or less.

The slippery slope argument pretty much sums up all opposition to HBD. If you criticize a racial or ethnic group, or often any member of (certain) groups, you are essentially saying you want them killed/enslaved/treated inhumanely. It’s as dumb as a box of rocks, but combined with hysterical emotional intimidation it works very well.

A much bigger real problem is the doctrine of the divine spark or inner light. It’s a pagan idea from Greek philosophy, and had no social effect then- Plato and Marcus Aurelius didn’t believe in freedom for slaves or universal suffrage. Presented in the modern world as a Christian idea, it is one used to demand universal rights and power of the people, which ends up being the power of the few. It is also used to prevent needed restrictions on the population, such as discipline and control, because these are affronts to the dignity of the divine-natured individual.

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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3 Responses to Imago Dei and the Slippery Slope

  1. Ryu says:

    Meh. It’s a Gordian knot. Auster wants to analyze the thing to death – what color is it? How long? What beauty!

    Like Alexander, my instinct is to unsheatlh my sword, cut the knot in two, and move on to better things. He kind of reminds me of GL Pigg. I’d much rather my readers go out and do something that will make them better than have endless discussions.

  2. Heil Hizzle says:

    I shoot over to VFR with their weird-ass comment system, from time to time. Auster mostly aggregates stories, makes a little observation or two, then moves on. Every once and awhile, however, he gets some odd/ insane idea that makes no sense, and then chastises his readers when they disagree.

    His conversion from Jewish to Christian is, like Bob Zimmerman’s, less than complete. With blacks it’s all about the Benjamins. With Jews, it’s all about the Holocaust baby.

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