Donny Deutsch’s reaction to Ann Coulter’s claim that it would be good if all people were Christians is about as good a tour of the postmodern cul de sac as you’ll find anywhere. Read the conversation, then report back here for class.
I like your program. I really do. I wish all my students would watch it.
And I really don’t care much for Ann Coulter. Way too strident. Always looking for the shock line. Especially don’t understand her as a spokesperson for Christianity, but hey, what can I say?
But Donny…..Donny, Donny, Donny, Donny, Donny…..
As one of C.S. Lewis’s characters said, “Doesn’t anyone teach logic anymore?”
Let’s do this in a list of ten “Big Ideas.”
1. Do you ever have an entrepreneur on “The Big Idea” who implies that it would be good if everyone bought their product? And if it were a competition where only one product could be bought, would they possibly say “I want everyone to stop buying the Acme widget and buy my widget instead?”
Would they be a Nazi for thinking this way?
2. Would it be a good thing if the President of Iran converted to Judaism? A simple yes or no will be sufficient. How about if all the Al-Queda and Taliban gangs would, with one prayer on your part, convert to Judaism. Would you pray the prayer?
3. Listen carefully, Donny. When a person says they believe something is true, they normally mean other competing assertions are false. Let’s try this one out.
“I believe the the car is blue.”
“I believe the car is grey.”
Please note: the person claiming the car is blue does not want to kill, main, gas, torture or forcibly eliminate the “grey” fellow from the face of the earth. But he does believe- rightly or wrongly- that the grey fellow should become like him- a blue fellow.
That’s entirely reasonable, and it also works with sports, politics, religion and fried chicken from fast food outlets. No harm is intended in any of the above cases. I promise.
4. In fact, Donny, you, my friend, believe it would be better if everyone was shocked like you were at Ann Coulter’s answer, and you should come on out and say it: “I believe that on the issue of Ann Coulter’s view of Christianity, everyone would be better off if they believed like me and not like her.”
By saying this, no violence or hatred of the rest of us will be credited to your account.
5. It is impossible to say if the world would be better if everyone _________________ (fill in the blank.) Since that test can’t be conducted, it’s a nonsensical claim. But it is not irrational for a person who has chosen to be a _______________ (fill in the blank) to believe the world would be better if everyone became a ___________________ (fill in the blank.)
Is this coming through OK, Donny?
6. Christianity is FULL of universals. Everyone is created by the Christian, Trinitarian God. Everyone is a sinner and deserves hell. Everyone is loved by God. Jesus Christ died so that anyone or everyone (check your denomination for more details) can be saved. Everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
These universals are as common as fleas on a dog in Christianity. Apparently, the only Christians you’ve met are unbelievers who hate Christianity. My opinion here: probably not going to get a really clear picture with those sources.
7. I believe that many Jews actually pray that the Messiah will arrive and all people will come to the knowledge of the God of the Torah. All as in all. All. No hatred implied.
8. Your equation of Ann’s statements with the Iranian President’s wish that Israel be destroyed is just about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. For God’s sake man, get a grip.
9. Listen up: All Truth claims have the implied “benefit of universal acceptance.” Unshock yourself. Go take Philosophy 101, Logic or Debate.
10. I believe every person should be a Christian. I’ll tell them so, but I would rather DIE than force or coerce them to do so. The Christian view of truth has produced a society of real tolerance. Nonsense like your tantrum at Ann Coulter is the opposite of tolerance. It sounded to me like you were ready to vote for burning at the stake.
Now that is a very bad idea.