Why I'm Getting More Calvinistic
Left to our own conscience without the instructive influence of authority and tradition, and a sense of obedience to a Moral Reality beyond our own conscience, we're just too prone to delusions and justified cruelty, and insanity.
This isn't to say that religion doesn't prompt humans to some insane cruelty and delusions. Duh. I know that. I'm not proposing a religious solution to humankind's innate depravity, I'm just saying that more and more, I believe we ARE innately depraved. My own personal solution is a serious Christian life, but I don't believe that's the universal solution for anything.
For such an Emersonian as myself, it's been terribly sad to read some of his late sermons and to think, "Oh buddy, you've really got your idealistic head up your posterior."
Obviously I have to think about this a lot more (I've been thinking more this week about why I came out and said that I believe Jesus was dead, dead, dead, and why he made a later JESUS: LIVE AND IN PERSON! appearance to his disciples).
For a bit of comic relief: As I was watching the Bonhoeffer special I thought of a minister I know who fancies himself quite the saint and savior of humankind, and quite the exemplary Christian. I snorted to myself, "He thinks he's Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but he's not even Marlene Dietrich."
Okay, it was funny to me at the time.