Saturday, November 7, 2015

Another Christian Anarchist Icon Added to My Synaxis

Homeboy Bill Kauffman, writing for The American Conservative adds to a list which includes "Tolstoy and Dorothy Day and brave Anabaptists and nude Doukhobors" — Bob Dylan, Christian Anarchist.

Mr. Kauffman cites an article I read not long a go in a dentist office, "his recent AARP interview, in which he expatiated on plutocrats who find international philanthropy so much more glamorous than helping the single mom in the trailer park or the homeless vet in the ghetto." Said Mr, Dylan:
    “Does it make him happy giving his money away to foreign countries? Is there more contentment in that than in giving it here to the inner cities and creating jobs? … These multibillionaires can create industries right here in America. But no one can tell them what to do. God’s got to lead them.”
Amen. I posted more quotes from this amazing interview with some exegesis a few months ago — Bob Dylan on Rock 'n' Roll, Race, Billy Graham, and More.

Mr. Kauffman also counts Mr. Dylan among the “'sons of the Upper Midwest,' the land of hand-calloused isolationists and Non-Partisan Leaguers.” It is worth noting that that part of our country was settled by émigrés from the Burned-Over District, as evidenced by colonies Rochester, Michigan and Rochester, Minnesota.

And speaking of "nude Doukhobors" and this part of the world, I have always found it a cruel twist of fate that among our three 19th Century locally-born religious movements, it was Millerism and Mormonism that survived and not the free-love, tantric sex-practcing Oneida Community

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