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:
Sometimes you spare the children—but only the girls and only if they’re still virgins:
Anyway, Saruman reminded me of these passages and I have nothing further to say.