H. P. Lovecraft: Where Imagination Leads

I love this.

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One Christmas not so long ago my oldest daughter gave me two books; a New King James Bible and The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft.

It’s not every day that you get such a delicious slice of the ideological spectrum plunked down in front of you in such concentrated form.  I haven’t dug deep enough to know specifically how Lovecraft regarded the Bible but his disdain for “the bland God of the Baptists,” organized religion and meddlesome religionists seeking to inflict their holy torment upon the world at large is well known.

Not that I looked at my Christmas presents as cosmic combatants.  I was happy with the Bible because it’s my favorite book for all the reasons you would expect from an evangelical Christian as well as a few you might not.  I especially like the King James even without thee and thou.  And Lovecraft is one of my…

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9 thoughts on “H. P. Lovecraft: Where Imagination Leads

  1. Arkenaten

    Hi Madblog.
    Because of the contretemps with Wally calling me a pig / swine and accusing my father of being the Devil and suggesting my mother ( a devout Christian) had sex with the Devil he has decided to disallow any more of my comments.

    Here is the reply to the your post re: Jesus of Nazareth claiming to be ”God’

    Okay, I realise you Christians in your eagerness to demonstrate that you are such marvelous Sunbeams for Jesus sometimes skip over the fine print as it were. So let me reiterate.
    Please point to a single passage in the entire biblical corpus where the character, Jesus of Nazareth claims he was ”God”.

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    1. madblog Post author

      I just did. If you expect discussers to treat you seriously, you ought to make at least a show of actually reading the responses to your questions.
      It is as clear to any reader of the New testament as it clearly was to the Jewish religious leaders seen here; they cried blasphemy and condemned Him to death. His listeners in all accounts understood the claims he was making to be the Son of God, which, in context, was the same as claiming to be God….you are only demonstrating that you lack the context to see the evidence, not that it isn’t there.
      I won’t be indulging you by participating in any non-sequitur discussion. Thanks for stopping by.

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      1. Arkenaten

        Context? No. Interpretation.
        It would have been simple for him to make his status known without indulging in ambiguity and veiled insinuations.
        His audience weren’t stupid, and neither did they turn around and say: ”Look,he claims he is Yahweh!”
        An utterly preposterous suggestion that no Jew in his right mind would have assumed.

        If the Jews didn’t believe he was the god, Yahweh, and the character, Jesus was a Jew, why would he claim he was god?

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  2. madblog Post author

    That is exactly what they did say, and why they killed him. His meaning was not at all veiled or vague. His listeners completely understood what he was saying. Why do YOU think they killed him?

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  3. Arkenaten

    Sorry, missed this, Madblog.
    ”They?”
    This is the type of careless rhetoric that has resulted in anti-antisemitism and pogroms.
    While a few members of the Sanhedrin may have been complicit in his arrest it was Pilate who was responsible for (eventually) ordering his execution. I am sure you know that no Jewish leader could order crucifixion, yes?

    I have been unable to find any reference to people being crucified for supposedly claiming to be a god.

    But sedition was apparently such a crime.

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    1. Arkenaten

      Excuse, me? Are you truly suggesting I have not even read the bible. This is so very funny.
      And you cleverly managed to sidestep the thrust of my post while still having the energy to deliver a parting/Parthian shot, something you have criticized me over since the very first, yet continue to do with a fairly high degree of acerbity.
      And , once more, for the record, the character, Jesus of Nazareth never claimed to be a god and in fact, emphatically denied the charge.
      Perhaps you should not only read the the bible again but take the time to study it.
      Just a suggestion.

      What is the term about logs and splinters?

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  4. madblog Post author

    You don’t have even the basic facts of the story correct here. No, the Pharisees did not have the legal power to condemn anyone. They were occupied at the time, under the gov’t of Rome. Yes, Pilate ordered the execution. But his disinterest and puzzlement and reluctance is also part of the record. The Sanhedrin pressure him to do so by threatening to expose him as unfaithful to Rome if he allowed a man to live who had violated Rome’s belief that Caesar was God, therefore sedition (by teaching the same and encouraging revolt).

    Those in authority had their own reasons for wanting him gone, noted by outsiders as peculiar, “something having to do with their law” which the outsiders didn’t fully understand.

    Do you not understand the motivation behind his arrest and execution? It’s made quite clear. I’ll return to an earlier question: why do you think they had him killed?

    I have already answered many places where Jesus claimed to be god and I won’t repeat it for you if you’re going to skip over it the first time. In addition, Jesus the Messiah is interwoven throughout the fabric of the Scriptures. He’s literally everywhere. You only show you’re lacking the context, or the willingness, to see it.

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