Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blasphemy and Idolatry, No. 2 (Updated)

During a question-and-answer session after her speech, Palin was asked what could be done to address the country's biggest problems.

"It would be wise of us to seek some divine intervention in this country," she replied.

Update: Andrew Sullivan quotes Palin in more detail.


  1. Where's the blasphemy in seeking God's hand?

  2. Bill @ 1 -- I would agree with DairyStateDad in calling this idolatry, because the implication in Palin's reply is that the Tea Partiers are the ones who would be supported by divine intervention, whereas the Democrats would get a divine smack-down. Since Palin is obviously referring to the God in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, her interpretation of God's intentions could be checked against Job ch. 38-41. In the context of Job, it would be ludicrous to assume that God would concern Godsself with supporting anything so mundane as an American political party.

    Such an assumption could certainly be defined as idolatrous, because such an assumption would be equivalent to worshipping an idolatrous image -- instead of the real, living God who addresses Job thus: "Who is this who that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding...." [RSV, Job 39.2-4] An idol is a simplistic or false representation of the true God; I would argue that most politicans offer us mere idols, not deep understandings of true divinity.


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