Bill Kristol’s proud ignorance of Christianity

He’s surprised that a Christian thinks that salvation is a communal activity.
Diagnosis: goyische kopf.

Ummmm … Bill?

In his evocation of healing powers and dominion over the waters, Obama summons up echoes of the Gospels and Genesis. His comment a week earlier at Wesleyan, that “our individual salvation depends on collective salvation,” I might add, would seem at odds with much of Christian teaching.

I don’t know how to say this, but … Extra ecclesiam nulla salus? (That isn’t just a Catholic doctrine; all the Reformers held it. That’s why ecclesiology was such a hot topic; if the Church was essential to salvation, then it mattered a lot what the Church was and how it was to be run.)

If you’re going to spend all your time sucking up to rich goyim, maybe you ought to learn something about their religion. Or maybe if you knew something about your own religion, you’d be less surprised at the notion that an offshoot of Judaism holds that righteousness, no less than justice, is a communal and not merely an individual activity.

Leo Strauss would not be proud of you.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com