from The Telegraph
A series of six programs commissioned by the BBC in the run up to Easter includes one by Terry Eagleton, Professor of Cultural Theory at the University of Manchester. A professed Marxist, Eagleton claims that the crucifiction of Christ has been overplayed as he only took three hours to die, probably as a result of his scourging, which was thus "a blessing in disguise".
Shock and horror and indignation all round.
Tony Kilmister, a vice-president of the Prayer Book Society, said: "Terry Eagleton is totally belittling of Christianity. How would he like it if he was strung up and scourged, let alone nailed to a cross?
That's one of ny favorite bits of logic that. It's commonly used by Animal Rights loonies: "How would you like a hook through your lip?" err... I'm not a fish.
"How would you like it if you were strung up and scourged, let alone nailed to a cross?" err... I'm not Jesus.
But, IF, IF I believed that as a result of 6 hours of pain, ALL MANKIND would be saved FOR ETERNITY, and I'd come back to life and sit on God's right hand in Heaven forever, I'd give it some serious thought.
Hundreds, no, probqbly millions of people throughout history have suffered terribly, suffered for a long time, for no reason whatsoever, other than the whim of some other bastards.
I agree with the lefty prof. I find Jesus' sacrifice underwhelming.