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When the Prophets Railed

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I always took the prophets at their word when they denounced the worship of other gods as blasphemy deserving of divine judgement; no, when they implied that monotheism was the unanimous, uncontested religious identity of their people… when they implied a common starting point for debate: “This is who we are. It’s who you are too, O people. You know it. I know it. And you’re breaking the agreement.”

Suddenly I wonder if they were actually acting on premises that weren’t, after all, universally accepted. Like some of our own people calling this a Christian nation (despite what all those atheists say), and holding the atheists accountable to a national religious identity they never accepted. Maybe, when the prophets railed, the people weren’t interested. Maybe it’s not a given that they were supposed to be.

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