[Marxism] self-indulgence

C. G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Fri Aug 13 05:32:55 MDT 2010


  Gary--

O'Collins (who's even older than you are) has spent too much time in an 
obsequious academic culture  (and the academy - especially in Europe - is far 
worse in that regard than the church).

He's offended by Pullman's literary attack (which in fact is curiously and 
obviously double-minded), so instead of taking the occasion to preach the 
gospel, as the much more literary Abp. Rowan Williams did 
(http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/03/good-jesus-christ-philip-pullman), 
he simply fulminates (which, BTW, is the very opposite of being "Jesuitical").

O'Collins misses the fundamental point Williams starts with: "This is not a 
speculation about the beginnings of Christianity ... It is a fable through which 
Philip Pullman reflects on Jesus, on the tensions and contradictions of 
organised religion -- and indeed on the nature of storytelling..."

"A very bold and deliberately outrageous fable, then, rehearsing Pullman's 
familiar and passionate fury at corrupt religious systems of control -- but also 
introducing something quite different, a voice of genuine spiritual authority."

The whole review deserves to be read, because Williams is doing exactly what a 
bishop (episcopus) is supposed to do - announce the good news to the world at 
large (or in this case, that part that reads the Guardian); from words like his, 
some  "have seen through the surface froth of religion and heard the voice 
Pullman himself obviously finds so compelling."  O'Collins OTOH is just an academic.

A belated happy birthday, CGE

On 8/12/10 5:46 PM, Gary MacLennan wrote:
>  It's my birthday today -68- and I can believe it!  so I thought I
>  would indulge myself a little on the list, if comrades will excuse
>  that.  This piece from the Guardian caught my attention.  It was a
>  report on a book by a Jesuit, Gerald O'Collins,  criticising the
>  author Philip Pullman's book on Jesus and him having a bad twin etc.
>  I haven't read the book and do not intend to.  Though my admiration
>  for it was increased by seeing that it irritated the Catholic Church,
>  so it can't be all bad...
>
>




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