Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Weird And Wacky Place

The Fantasy World of Ben Carson:

So why bring up Carson’s religion – isn’t that a personal matter if not outright bigotry? Well, it isn’t a personal matter, not when a presidential candidate takes his religious views as a guide to policy, as Carson undoubtedly does. To the Christian fundamentalist, and surely to the Adventist, one’s religion isn’t just a matter of going to church on Sunday (or Saturday, in the case of the Adventists): it encompasses an entire worldview. And that worldview includes a series of prophecies that explain – and dictate – the course of world events.

According to the fundamentalists, the world is approaching the End Times in which the ultimate showdown between God and the Devil is fated to take place: World War III will begin on the plain of Armageddon, and this is prefigured by the conflict between Islam and the US, where we will face down the descendants of Esau (i.e. the Muslims).

Oh, but don’t worry: God will return to earth to save the day.

According to the fundamentalist vision, this isn’t debatable: it’s inevitable. All we can do is go along for the ride.

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