Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / Social Epistemology / Cosmo / Religion / Christianity /
@ K. 2001
2017 01 09 I’ll review in a sec.
2010 12 22 The term I first used here in 2001 was “Christiaprimity.” I never liked it much, no one else responded to it that I know of. Today I change it to Chrixity: you may pronounce the letter x as /ks/: /krIksIti/. The prose will have to be reviewed, rewritten.
First: the Jew’s Temple claimed to speak for God, the claimed author of the world. Fine, that’s a system. But then that system was challenged: Christians said that God sent himself to the Temple in the person of Jesus, and that the Temple not only didn’t listen responsibly, the Temple had him arrested, convicted, tortured, and killed. Thus the Church claims to replace the Temple. Then, third, others come: Luther, for example; me, pk, for example. Jesus tried to cleanse the Temple, we try to cleanse the Church. Naturally, the Church doesn’t want to be cleansed. The Pope put a contract out on Luther. In my youth the Church was still vilifying Luther, telling lies to do so. I bet it still is. In my case the whole society from schools to churches to media to the federal government have silenced me, blocked what I say, perverted what got through anyway: imprisoned me, censored me.
Regardless, see the pattern: Christianity is orthogonal to Judaism, Chrixity is orthogonal to Christianity. Jews close their ears to Jesus, Christians close their ears to my pointing out that they behave in much the same way: standing around with their thumb in their ass while Jesus remains tortured on the cross. Christians say they’re saved,
Jews claim a monopoly for their god. Jews claim that that God claims the monopoly for himself, offer scrolls purporting to be that claim. Then several Judaisms and countless Christianities claim a monopoly for their special appreciation of that God and for that god’s special favor for them.
Somehow nothing becomes something. Then Something becomes dual. Duality complexifies to trinity. Take another step and the path shows infinity. Lao Tsu wrote a variant of this a long time ago. More recently Bucky Fuller pointed out that if you draw a square (say 1 x 1), and a square is a polygon with four equal edges related to each other by four equal angles, then you’ve drawn two squares. The first has four one foot edges, an area of one square foot, and each angle shares one-fourth of 360 degrees: 90 degrees. Simultaneously, you have a complementary square of four one foot edges, four equal angles of 270 degrees each, and an area equal to all of planar space minus one square foot.
(You can never do just one of anything.)
I don’t doubt that another step or two would render the squares infinite and discover mystical relations among the angles and more. All I want to do at the moment is show that the conventional Christianity of my childhood transformed for me into a complement: what I shall call the Chrixity of my present. There’s more than one way to compare Bucky’s two squares, more than one way to compare any related complements: being/nothingness/ … zero/one … one/two … one/three … three/five … male/female … In simple: conventional Christianity repeats the Jews’ own self-accusation that they’re not very good at hearing their god. The Jews tell how they didn’t listen to God, then they didn’t listen to Moses … The Christians take the non-communication one step further: when God came in person, the Jews still didn’t listen. Not only did they not listen: they ganged up on God, broke all their laws in order to do so, and tortured him to death. Then (like the kleptocrats in Hara Kiri, see my Legitimacy ) they went right back to pretending that communications were fine: that they were a good example of chosen-ness, not the nadir. Conventional Christianity treats the story as having happened once. That the lesson was learned. And now the baton of chosen-ness has passed to the Christians. The Jews didn’t hear God well; the Christians do. The Temple didn’t represent God well; the Church does.
How can the next step, the next series of steps, not be taken? Adam listened to God, then he listened to Eve. Abraham listened to God, but his descendants don’t. His descendants didn’t listen to Moses, then they didn’t listen to Jesus. So the baton passed to the Christians, who did listen (according to them) … And is the story over?
No: … and then who stopped listening? Is the closed-ears syndrome the Jews diagnose themselves with a one-time event? Or a recurring characteristic?
I’ll be back as I can to add more implications. But plenty of implications are already all over Knatz.com. Evidence for its rightness is everywhere but in our consciousness.
Religions are, by definition, metaphors, after all: God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, a house of many rooms, a watchmaker who left his prize chronometer in the desert, someone who loves you — even, perhaps against all evidence, a celestial being whose only interest is to make sure your football team, army, business, or marriage thrives, prospers, and triumphs over all opposition.
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
There are two kinds of Christian. There are those who love Jesus and who, at Judgment, will be shown to be loved by Jesus: not only loved by Jesus, but welcomed in Heaven. God will save them. That’s one kind.
But then there’s the other kind of Christian: those who claim that they love God, and that Jesus loves them, but whom God despises: and Jesus, whether he loves them or not, will not interfere as God kicks them down the unending stairs.
But it’s like that in all things, isn’t it? There are creatures who are alive, and creatures who are dead! Species still breeding, and species gone extinct. There are evolutionarily viable critters, and environmental fools: crocodiles hanging on in the last bit of mud before everything dries out and dies.
That’s all well and fine. What’s ridiculous is for the Christians who are and will be damned to act as though they’re the saved!