McWhorter On An Alternative Doctrine Of Atonement

This brand of self-flagellation has become the new form of enlightenment on race issues. It qualifies as a kind of worship; the parallels with Christianity are almost uncannily rich. White privilege is the secular white person’s Original Sin, present at birth and ultimately ineradicable. One does one’s penance by endlessly attesting to this privilege in hope of some kind of forgiveness. After the black man I mentioned above spoke, the next speaker was a middle-aged white man who spoke of having a coach come to his office each week to talk to him about his white privilege. The audience, of course, applauded warmly at this man’s description of having what an anthropologist observer would recognize not as a “coach” but as a pastor. Read more»

John McWhorter, “Atonement As Activism,” The American Interest (May 24, 2018).

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  1. Truth’s Table podcast “Reparations NOW: Repent and Repair”
    Jesus dying on the cross was making atonement by paying eternal reparations. Because we are living off of eternal reparation, we should make atonement by making a sacrifice that is pleasing to God.
    Warped theologies running around— the hypocrisy of the pro-life movement that says nothing about racism or Michael Brown. Numbers 5: 5-10 — Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, “When a man or a woman commits any of the sins of mankind, acting unfaithfully against the LORD, and that person is guilty, then he shall confess his sins which he has committed, and he shall make restitution in full for his wrong and add to it one-fifth of it, and give it to him whom he has wronged. But if the man has no relative to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution which is made for the wrong must go to the LORD for the priest. ( These verses were used to claim “reparations are liberation.”)

    One of the hosts said she ” stands with her brothers and sisters in the flesh.” She also said that although she didn’t have any relatives in the United States who had ever been slaves, she was due GLOBAL reparations. It was also mentioned that even if you and your family had never owned slaves you must make reparations for having benefited from the system.

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