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  •  Somehow (5+ / 0-)
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    javelina, vgranucci, paxpdx, dirkster42, JaxDem

    I don't know -- we can day that somehow the crucifixion/resurrection might have come about without the individuals who participated, but how can we say that really.  It's like one of those Star Trek time travel episodes: change one detail, and the whole thing goes cascading into another direction.  

    Judas is chosen for the role.  Maybe he has agency, and it's just a wise choice.  Maybe he doesn't.  Maybe he wants out, though, and he can't get out.  I just don't feel like I can judge him.

    •  Me either (4+ / 0-)
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      vgranucci, paxpdx, dirkster42, JaxDem

      Can't judge him, I mean. We all screw up - though, as I said, mostly not in such a spectacular fashion. He absolutely must have felt trapped. Few malefactors are still being yelled at (metaphorically speaking) two millennia later. But the potential is there in any human being to make just as big a mess. Some have, quite recently.

      However, I emphatically don't believe in predestination, so do think we all have agency, including Judas. If we don't have free will, we're not really people.

      (Mind you, yesterday I did enjoy the whole Star Trek time travel thing, not to mention the IMAX. But w/o time travel and future selves, I don't see any way for us to know the long-term consequences of most of the things we do/say.)

      You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do. - Anne Lamott

      by javelina on Sun May 17, 2009 at 08:42:45 PM PDT

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