Last night on the Michael Coren Show, Chris Hedges went head-to-head with Charles McVety. They were arguing about the so-called Christian hard right. Of particular interest to the discussion was Hedges' new book.
Hedges is, apparently, a Christian. As such, I found his views extremely puzzling. While I may not agree with everything McVety says or believes, at least I can understand his views. At least he is genuine. The same cannot be said for Hedges.
Hedges' new book is about what he feels is a fascist movement within Christianity. The so-called socially conservative Christian hard-right has apparently misappropriated Christian language and iconography for some nefarious means in order to enslave the world and bring it under Christian control. One of the major aspects of this hard-right group is its belief in Christian education, something Hedges feels is wrong. In fact, after last night's debate I think I would go so far as to say he has a moral objection to Christian education. Furthermore, he is ardently against Christians teaching Creationism and feels that they are propagating a lie.
Yes, he used the word lie.
Not myth. Not allegory.
Lest the true impact of such a position be lost on you, let me explain what it means for a professed Christian to believe that creationism is a lie.
It is not unusual for Christians to believe that the Creation story as outlined in the first three chapters of Genesis is a metaphor, allegory or myth intended to explain a higher truth. While I do not agree with any of these ideas, it is possible to construct a belief system from these interpretations which does not invalidate the Bible. (Please note, however, that I would say that such belief systems have obvious problems when dealing with Sin, The Fall and the subsequent Redemption of Man).
However, the use of the word lie implies that there is no truth whatsoever in the Creation story. This poses a significant problem for anyone wishing to use the Bible as the foundation of their beliefs, which Christians do. How can you accept a book premised on something which is not true and then construct a belief system around it? Are you not admitting that you have based your life on something which you believe is false? If Creation is a lie, then the premise of the Bible is a lie. If the premise of the bible is a lie, then the rest of the Bible cannot hold up to scrutiny. It is certainly a lie as well.
So, why bother to believe it?
Why not just be an atheist or agnostic?
It would have been good if McVety had caught that comment made by Hedges. Sadly, he didn't. As far as I am concerned, it is more revealing of Hedges' true beliefs than anything else said last night.