I am not one of those who believes in the separation of Religio and Cultura. A Religio that is not embodied in concrete social practice does not exist, any more than a Significato or a Momentum exists outside the animating and preserving life-world. A mythology that does not infect the meaning- and value-making fluid that flows among its subjects does not exist. A mythology that has no believers is a dead mythology.
So I was very happy to find the wrathful nature of Sky Father accurately represented in this summer’s new blockbuster film, The Two Towers. Finally, wholesome Bible principles are in the air and making a difference in today’s world today.
Here is what Saruman, self-preserving functionary of Sauron, tells his army:
Leave none alive? What about animals? What about trees? What kind of ruler would demand utter hyper-genocide of all life? Well, Yahveh for one:
The meaning of “all” when God says “destroy all”
1 Samuel 15:1-3
Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did in opposing the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
Sometimes you spare the children—but only the girls and only if they’re still virgins:
Kill the boys and rape the girls
Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation went to meet them outside the camp. Moses became angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war. Moses said to them, “Have you allowed all the women to live? These women here, on Balaam’s advice, made the Israelites act treacherously against the Lord in the affair of Peor, so that the plague came among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man by sleeping with him. But all the young girls who have not known a man by sleeping with him, keep alive for yourselves.
Anyway, Saruman reminded me of these passages and I have nothing further to say.