“Saying stupid stuff in Latin doesn’t make it smart”

Fr. Powell does a fine Fisking of the most notorious quote from LCWR keynote speaker Barbara Marx Hubbard, in which she spouts raw heresy about the resurrection.

Although we may never know what really happened [So, "what really happened" is not recorded in the Gospels?], we do know that the story told in the Gospels is that Jesus’ resurrection was a first demonstration of what I call the post-human universal person [And how do we know this?  Because you say so?  We should trust you but not the Gospels?]. We are told that he did not die [False.  2,000 years of Christian teaching is crystal clear:  the man Jesus died on the Cross.  No Christian church/denomination denies this fact]. He made his transition [died?], released his animal body [died?], and reappeared in a new body at the next level of physicality [There are "levels of physicality"?  Has anyone told Dawkins?  What does this mean?] to tell all of us that we would do what he did [Didn't he mention something about following his Way while he was still living; or, was all that just a dream? How did he tell us this?  Through the apparently unreliable Gospels?]. The new person that he became [Person?  But he "released his animal body," so what does "person" mean?"] had continuity of consciousness with his life as Jesus of Nazareth, an earthly life in which he had become fully human and fully divine [Wait.  Has he released his animal body at this point?  I'm confused about the chronology of the releasing of the animal body!  Is the Jesus of the Animal Body a product of the continuity of consciousness, or does that stuff come later?]. Jesus’ life [Which Jesus?  Pre or post-release of the animal body?] stands as a model of the transition from Homo sapiens to Homo universalis [Saying stupid stuff in Latin doesn't make it smart].

There’s more, so read it all. Don’t mess with Dominicans.

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  • http://www.robinhardy.com robin

    Ha! This is like MST3K in print. Did you realize that your takedown of Hubbard was “too kind”?

  • Some Guy

    “an earthly life in which he had become fully human and fully divine”

    Uh, Jesus didn’t become those- at the Incarnation he was fully human and fully Divine. Period. Another stupid comment of hers.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    Oh, I have it in me to be much worse. It’s a constant struggle, and I often fail.

  • Suzan

    New Age nonsense. Do they have crystals on their rosaries?