Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 LT

[Turn on Progressive TV to see a parade similar to the Second Temple.

The elites of Big government Liberalism demand ritual purity. They demand that the average citizen give up “his” stuff. They say that the average citizen does not get along. They have buckets of nasty labels for the deplorables.

They say that the average citizen is intolerant unless “he” conforms to the multitudinous ritual decrees of the Progressive state, universities and various other sovereign-loving affiliations.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 LP

[The mirror of the world3a or the thought experiment3a narrows the range of ‘somethings2a’ that a person can envision1a.

The Second Temple elites always acted more ritually pure relative to the subjects.

Therefore, one particular ‘something2a’ became the best option for the common folk.

What was that something2a?

Here it is:

Get along by (trying to) meet ritual demands and, most importantly, avoid being accused of violating the Law.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 LG

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[Here is a strange claim:

In the late Roman Empire, the converted Jew and the Jesus-worshipping slave may have been marginally more economically productive than the Second Temple Jew and the pagan slave.


The former were not of this world3a. They were in the world3a but not of it. Therefore, they did not bother with unproductive fantasies2a.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 LF

[The New Testament co-opposition of responsibilities3(2()) and freedom2(1) captures a moment of redefinition.

The bondage to the words of the Judaic law ended.

By choosing3b the way of Jesus2b, a converted Jew was more free1a to pursue “his” preferences in selecting responsibilities3a.

Ironically, the less political people of Christ’s way produced more wealth than the very political and wealth-devouring Jewish or Roman elites of the time.]