Four Outrageous Fantasies

Betcha thought I was gonna talk about fantasy novels! But no such luck–we fantasy story-tellers can’t compete with some of the fantasies that are floating around out there in the real world. The difference is that our stories are plainly packaged as fantasy, while these other products of the imagination try to pass for reality.

Here are four of my favorite real-world fantasies. (Others will occur to the thoughtful reader.)

1. “A good person will be good, no matter what he believes.”  This is a distortion of the Christian notion of  “common grace” shared by all mankind, born of a wish to get out of owing God anything. Try to imagine a benevolent jihadist, just before he detonates his suicide belt amid a crowd of children, or a kindly SS man wishing people “a nice trip” as they’re herded into the cattle car, and you’ll see what I mean.  Humanists also invoke this fantasy when they try to take credit for the moral and cultural capital built up by Christendom over the centuries.

2. “Our leaders know what they’re doing.” One hardly knows whether to laugh until one cries, or to reach for the barf bag… It seems incredible that anyone still believes this fairy-tale. Our leaders can’t even manage relatively simple tasks, like jumping hotel chambermaids or broadcasting lewd pictures of themselves, without making a total hash of it. To entrust them with war and peace, trillions of dollars, and the destinies of nations seems downright suicidal.

3. “Scientists are honest and objective seekers of truth.” Actually what they’re seeking is bigger grants, bigger paychecks, fame, and political power for themselves–and they’ll do just about anything to get it. If you can believe in the objectivity and honesty of the scientific establishment today, you shouldn’t have much difficulty believing in flying, fire-breathing dragons.

4. “Our freedom under the U.S. Constitution rests on the separation of church and state.” I’m always astounded by how many people believe this. The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution! Honest. Look it up, read the document. As easy as it is to obtain a copy of the Constitution, and to read it, people will prattle on about “separation of church and state” without having the slightest idea of what the Constitution says or means.

How many of these fantasies do you believe in?

One is one too many.

5 comments on “Four Outrageous Fantasies

  1. I am a First time visiter. I really enjoy what you write.
    People I have talked to over the years think speration of church and state came from the Bible. That God want it to be this way. Now, I can not find this in the Bible. But then I am not the best at finding things in the Bible.
    Wish I could hear what you have to say about it.
    Take care.

    1. Judy, the reason you can’t find “separation of church and state” in the Bible is because it ain’t there! Instead, what we read in Deuteronomy 17:15-19, is that a king should be chosen by God, that the king’s powers should be limited, and “when he sitteth upon the throne… that he shall write him a copy of this law [the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible] in a book… And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them.”
      In other words, the ruler of the nation–that is, the government–is under God and accountable to Him. For more on this subject, read Romans Chapter 13.
      In anything we do, including politics and government, we seek in vain to separate ourselves from God, and try to do so at our peril.

    1. Not sure what you mean. Certainly the line between fantasy and science fiction does sometimes blur. You could probably say that about my own books. But I do think most of us can tell the one from the other–don’t you?

  2. The more I see of this fallen world, the more convinced I become that it is all in vain, because of being alienated from the True God. Badness permeates so much of society these days that the first truism crumbles under its own weight.

    Leaders strive for solutions, but the mire is deeper than ever. Science has become rife with fraud. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and forbids establishment of a state religion. Application of these clauses has become inverted over time.

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