I was just about to settle in with a slice of chocolate cake, fresh from the oven, and a DVD of Laura (1944), when I noticed that a new Carnival of the Godless had come online. While skimming the essays therein collected, I left a comment at John Wilson’s place, on a subject I’d like to explore more fully sometime soon, and then I found that Mike Haubrich had discovered a book called (it really satirizes itself) The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible (2007). Its author, Robert J. Hutchinson, should certainly be proud of the reviews:
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible by Robert Hutchinson fires back at this icy trend with history, statistics, logic, humor and even a few rabbit punches. If counter-terrorist Jack Bauer were to take up Christian apologetics, he might have penned something like this.
Well, Dan Dennett might get his fingernails torn off, but I’m not sure that style of apologetics really constitutes a worthwhile intellectual argument.
â€œFor secular fundamentalists, religion in general, and the Bible in particular, are not just wrongheaded but actually dangerous,â€ Hutchinson writes. â€œThatâ€™s because religion and the Bible stand in the way of everything they value most in lifeâ€”primarily unlimited sex, of course, but also the power to reshape society into a kind of secular utopia free from traditional ethical restraint.â€
That these words were put in this order the way they were just fills me with admiration for the sheer variety of wirings which can exist between human ears. It also pumps up my urge for the cheap shot: don’t ya know that the “traditional ethical restraint” against, oh, say, rape was only fifty shekels and an arranged marriage? You can’t get much more traditional than Deuteronomy 22:28–9.
Oddly enough, at least two people noticed that Human Events (“leading the conservative movement since 1944”) ran on its website a review of Hutchinson’s book attributed to Hutchinson himself — the very review I quoted above. When called on this, Human Events changed the byline to “Robert H. Knight,” also updating the dateline from the fifteen to the eighteenth of December, making Haubrich’s original remarks, posted on the fifteenth, something of an anachronism.
Now, for that chocolate cake. . . .