Were the teachings of Jesus really as morally incredible as his followers claim?
Not so much, says Peter Brietbart, producer of the terrific-looking new short film Madman or Something Worse.
I’ll sometimes hear Christians quote Mahatma Gandhi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” I don’t know if Gandhi ever actually said that, but there’s a sense that even though some Christians are jerks, Jesus was a great role model.
Brietbart argues against that, though. He goes after the popular beliefs attributed to Jesus and gets people to think twice about them:
Should you always love your neighbor?
Can someone truly forgive you for your sins?
Is it right to preach about the afterlife when there’s no evidence it exists?
Jesus of Nazareth was an awful moral philosopher. He compares badly to such modern greats such as Mill, Rawls or Ross and also to historical thinkers such as Aristotle, Diogenes or Plato. His moral contributions are not original, and his original contributions are not moral.
Moderate Christians love to say they’re “followers of Christ” and not parrots of the Religious Right, but maybe that not a huge step up.
The entire video is about 15 minutes long and definitely worth checking out: