D-Day cartoon was not a good fit

newsroom@islandpacket.comJune 13, 2014 

Your choice of a D-Day cartoon baffled me. Using an observation by Gandhi on the subject of fasting, the cartoon equated a disputed part of the Christian kerygma with the sacrifices made by our troops.

Gandhi's use of the Jesus myth as an allegory for the self-purification of fasting was followed by the statement that he didn't care if there was any historical truth to the Jesus story.

Early Christians like Origen believed that Satan had possession of humanity, and God made a deal with him to ransom humanity in exchange for the death of Jesus. Jesus refers to himself as ransom in several places in the Bible This deal is a trick on God's part for he knows that the devil will be unable to keep Jesus as a prize. Not liking God as a trickster, later thinkers like Augustine refined the theory to have the devil deceived by his own pride rather than God's trickery.

These ransom theories of the atonement lasted a thousand years, but today have no currency. To this day, there is no atonement theory accepted by most Christians.

The cartoon, by using a fasting non sequitur and shaky theology, trivializes the deeds of our servicemen on D-Day.

David D. Peterson

Port Royal

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