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    On the Other Hand, You Can Blame Judas' Ghost Writer

    judas1.jpgQuote:  "If Jesus had been acting consistently and seeking a trusted companion who could facilitate his necessary martyrdom, then all the mental and moral garbage about the Jewish frame-up of the Redeemer goes straight over the side."  Christopher Hitchens in Slate.

    Figure of Speechenthymeme (EN-thih-meme), the argument packet.

    The Gospel of Judas has finally come to light after hiding out in Egypt and in greedy art dealers’ vaults for a millennium and a half.  An impressive feat of revisionist religion, it turns Judas into Jesus’ martyrdom enabler.

    Christopher Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair, makes it the premise in an enthymeme ("something in the mind"), the rhetorical version of Aristotle’s syllogism.  If Hitchens’ logic were in the form of a syllogism, it would go like this:

    Jesus had a helper facilitate his necessary martyrdom.
    Someone who directs his own martyrdom can’t be a victim.
    Therefore,  the Jews didn’t victimize him.

    The enthymeme leaves out the middle, well-duh part, which, Aristotle said, would tax the audience’s attention span.

    Snappy Answer:  "Enough with the blaming.  Celebrate the rebirth, of Jesus or of spring."

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Hitchens is just unbearable. Well done
    October 14, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdonkeychef
    Anthypallage. Hitchens is not a columnist for Vanity Fair.
    April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

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