Phil Fitzpatrick - "I suspect this afterlife is another political fable"
TUMBY BAY - One of the important strategies politicians use is to identify the concerns and fears of society and then to exploit them to their advantage.
This strategy informs much of the divisiveness that plagues our daily lives.
Things like racism, gender inequality, domestic violence, immigration and homophobia are used by politicians to artificially create situations they can exploit.
About 2,000 years ago a very clever politician in Palestine called Jesus Christ used the same tactics to create opposition to the occupying Romans.
Monty Python reckons his outfit was called the Palestine Liberation Front, or was it the Liberation Front of Palestine…..
Anyway, whatever it was called, it quickly morphed into what we now call Christianity. Like all such movements, Christianity uses the concerns and fears of its followers to its advantage.
One of the things it created to this end was the concept of an afterlife and a set of rules governing progress to that elevated state.