Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Book Review

U P D A T E : I forgot to note that the citation below from A Serrated Edge that uses the word “nigger” actually made the front page of the Moscow–Pullman Daily News back in 2003 as Wilson’s Southern Slavery scandal was getting red hot (you can read it here). We noted this fact very early in our “DUMB & Tan” series, but it’s worth repeating since we have so many new readers.

Found this on amazon.com (HT: Mary Louise). Man, I wish I could write this succinctly:

By A Customer

This book firmly establishes Douglas Wilson’s utter contempt for all that is holy — especially the Lord Jesus Christ. Two quotes should suffice to prove the point.

Paraphrasing the Lord’s answer to the woman of Canaan in Matthew 15, Wilson writes,

“Jesus was not above using ethnic humor to make His point either. . . . Put in terms that we might be more familiar with, Jesus was white, and the disciples were white, and this black woman comes up seeking healing, for her daughter. . . She comes up and beseeches Christ for healing. ‘It’s not right,’ He says, ‘to give perfectly good white folk food to “ni##ers.”’ . . If this understanding is right, then Jesus was using a racial insult to make a point. If it is not correct, then He was simply using a racial insult.” (pp. 43, 44)

Well, it is not correct, and your mother should have washed your mouth out with soap.

Then commenting on Philippians 3:8, Wilson writes, “We simply cannot imagine the lofty sentiment of this wonderful passage (e.g., the ‘excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord’) functioning in the same sentence with dog sh*t.” (p. 62)

Well, we couldn’t imagine it until you suggested it.

Naturally, Wilson’s contempt for God shows itself, by extension, in his disdain for God’s people. In fact A Serrated Edge is Wilson’s justification for the mean-spirited way that he treats others. Here is the sum total of his argument: “God has divided the world between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, and since that time ridicule has been inescapable.” And from this absurd declaration, Wilson argues that Scripture invites him to mock and ridicule believers and non-believers alike. He even calls it a “gift” and a “movement of the Spirit.”

Wilson shows his instinctive menace as well. Consider the number of times he used the following words or variations of them: “attack,” 35 times; “offend,” 20 times; “ridicule,” 17 times; “insult,” 14 times; and of course the singular gratuitous uses of “dog sh*t,” “cr@p,” “a%%,” and “ni##er.”

But for all his potty mouth, Wilson never mentions the “Golden Rule,” and he fails to ask the one important question: What would the Church look like if believers treated one another the way Wilson does?

Wilson “comes out” in this book. He would not have anyone confuse him for a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is wolf to the bone, and these pages reveal his fangs for all to behold. “Proud and haughty, scorner is his name.” (Prov. 21:24.)

If you buy this book, hide it from your children. Hide it, that is, until the day when God visits Wilson with calamity. And then teach them something that Wilson never learned: God is not mocked. (A Customer, November 2, 2003)

HT: Mary Louise

Thank you.