How odd of God...
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While searching for something else on the web, I stumbled across the first page of an archived article published back in 1976. The article opens:
How odd of God to choose the Jews is a sentiment not often so humorously expressed as frequently found lurking in the minds of many thinking Christians today. At a time when democracy, with equal opportunity and freedom for all are the highest ideals it becomes more difficult to understand how God could have decided in an arbitrary way at the beginning to confine his saving grace to a particular nation who through the history of their dealings with him were characterized more by infidelity than the opposite, while the vast bulk of the human race seemed to be excluded from God's saving grace which came to them only in a very indirect and diminished way.
The author, an Irish Catholic priest and a professor of Dogmatic Theology, then explained that he would go on to show that actually it was not odd of God to choose the Jews and this explanation would provide the tools to show the uniqueness of Christianity and, of course, within Christianity, the uniqueness of the Catholic Church. And while I did not have access to the full article, I'm sure that in terms of Dogmatic Theology, the author achieved his aims.
But still, for those of us who think truth is to be found elsewhere than in dogmatic theology, the opening observation remains valid: How odd of God to choose the Jews.
But it's not just God's supposed choice of the Jews that's odd. After all we only know through the Old Testament that God chose the Jews. Let's face it, it would have been far odder if, in the Jewish sacred text, God's choice had been a different tribe.
But think of everything else God has supposedly done - not just the Jewish God, but the God or Gods of any religion. In the end, none of it makes sense. Of just about everything ever attributed to any God, past, present or prophesized future, you can say: How odd of God.
How odd of God to let me write this without striking me dead.
- Irrelevant movie trivia
- Theology Forum, Michael Ledwith, The Furrow, Vol 27, No 9 (Sep 1976)