Saturday, March 8, 2008

Quote of the Day


Jesus of Nazareth (c. 5 B.C.-c. 30 A.D.)

What can you say about a wandering Jewish teacher who loathed materialism, ranted about hypocrisy and castigated the smug religious establishment of His day?

That He was the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.

Author unknown

5 comments:

Jon of Arcadia said...

Not anonymous- it's from the Website "The Cynic's Sanctuary" (www.i-cynic.com/fame.asp)

The full quote is as follows:
Jesus of Nazareth (c. 5 B.C.-c. 30 A.D.) What can you say about a wandering Jewish teacher who loathed materialism, ranted about hypocrisy and castigated the smug religious establishment of his day? That he was the Son of God and the savior of mankind? Perhaps. (We won't know for sure until we meet him.)

That he was a cynic of the noblest order? Just as likely, I think. I've hesitated to dub Jesus a cynic because of the holy trappings that have embellished his name down through the centuries.

And yes, he told us to love our enemies and counseled us to "judge not." But let's never forget that the immortal Galilean personified the true cynic's eternal opposition to cruelty, privilege and humbug. He cared little for worldly institutions; instead, he advocated a revolution in the human heart.

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Jonathan said...

I must say that I am quite flattered that I've been googled. I mean, we've all googled ourselves, but to be googled by others? Surely a sign of success!

Concerned anonymous person, you mention in your post that you are concerned about 'Jonathan', but you don't explain what concerns you so much. You just quote him. Perhaps you feel your concerns are self-evident, and plain to see. I think you are reading me too literally, because I myself don't see them. In fact, I am happy to report I quite agree with "Jonathan-from-three-years-ago", and I almost blush at his enthusiasm. That guy has love to share!

I think the least you could do is explain what *concerns* you, and especially in the context of a blog about the role of women in church governance. I am not seeing the connection.

I get the impression that you are directing your critique at me personally, while my arguments are left unscathed. Perhaps you would have more success in convincing others if you challenged my arguments instead of me. Am I an easier target than what I have to say? Ad hominem is a sign of desperation, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem) and I'm sure you don't want to do my work for me.

On a different issue, if anyone wishes to discuss with me a completely different topic, that of gays and lesbians in the Christian community, and the sanctity of their marriages, feel free to email me at jonathan.weverink@gmail.com. Even your concerns would be most welcome.