Leftist religion

Via Facebook, I just noticed a rather inane segment of the Colbert Report. In this segment, Stephen Colbert tried to persuade his audience that Jesus actually supported socialism and leftist politics. But while that sort of nonsense comes out fairly frequently, a more interesting development actually occurred when Colbert specifically admitted that God the Father did not approve of socialism.

I have said before that modern Leftism is basically a reincarnation of ancient Gnosticism. (Gnosticism, of course, was itself just a pseudo-Christian version of paganism.) The gnostics specifically argued that Jesus and the Old Testament God were separate, completely distinct entities who were actually antagonistic toward each other. That is, they believed that the Old Testament God was evil and mean, but that Jesus was superior and good. In particular, the gnostics had very little respect for the Old Testament. For example, one fairly moderate gnostic named Marcion actually created his own Bible for his followers — by excluding the entire Old Testament and numerous portions of the New Testament.

But anyway, I did appreciate Colbert’s measure of intellectual honesty here. Unlike many Leftist “Christians,” Colbert at least admitted that the bulk of the Bible is clearly anti-socialist. Despite this admission, however, he tried to argue that Jesus was a socialist because Jesus actually disagreed with the rest of the Bible. Colbert then alluded to various quotations of Jesus which advocate giving to charity, in order to bolster his argument that Jesus disagreed with God on economics and agreed with forcefully redistributing wealth from each according to his ability and to each according to his need. To Colbert, the Old Testament God was mean and evil, whereas Jesus was nice and socialist and good.

Overall, the argument was of course absurd, and it was intended to be funny. But then, it really was not much more absurd than Leftist Christianity in general.

As a sidenote, I have heard that Stephen Colbert is actually at least nominally Jewish — although that could be wrong.


4 Responses to “Leftist religion”

  1. 1 Glenn E. Chatfield December 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I’ve read much about gnosticism in the past, but currently I am reading Irenaeus’ Against Heresies. He details all the gnostic belief systems demonstrating just how absurd they are. What an eye opener!

  2. 2 Heuristics December 19, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Colbert is roman catholic, there is even a blog about it (I just found out).


  3. 3 Drew December 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Well, I noticed that claim on Wikipedia, but I kinda figured he was just pretending to be Catholic to mimic O’Reilly. Maybe not

  4. 4 Foxfier December 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I figure he’s the same sort of RC as the Kennedy clan. For some reason, we’ve become the Christian version of “But I’m Jewish! I’m at best agnostic about the existence of God, and I don’t really believe any of that stuff, but my family is Catholic” type group. Blame strong traditions, I guess.

    To be *totally* fair– ‘gnostic’ covers a lot of ground, some of it from before Christianity. Probably related to the way that folks just love to think they’ve got secret knowledge that’ll just blow your mind. (see also: the matrix.)

    That said, when folks say “Gnostic” in American English (not sure about the rest) they’re usually talking about the hidden-gospels-and-such group of secret knowledge type folks.

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