Cheap Grace, Easy Virtue: for John Beckett

Kenaz Filan has written an excellent piece addressing John Beckett’s latest at patheos. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I was disgusted with Beckett’s blatant virtue signaling. Never trust a “bridge builder” in the end, they’ve no loyalty to anything but their own self-promotion. Given how strongly he purports to feel about Syrian refugees, I wonder how many he’s taking into his own home?

Europa’s Children

Cheap grace means grace as a doctrine, a principle, a system. It means forgiveness of sins proclaimed as a general truth, the love of God taught as the Christian ‘conception’ of God. An intellectual assent to that idea is held to be of itself sufficient to secure remission of sins….Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.

Dietrich Bonhoffer, The Cost of Discipleship (1937)

In a recent Patheos post John Beckett proudly informed the world “You Can Take Your Anti-Muslim Garbage Somewhere Else”  and declared:

If you can look at refugees and see “Muslims” and not human beings in great need, there is something wrong with your conscience. Have you seen the pictures from Syria? Have you read the reports? Have you heard the first-hand accounts of people fleeing these war zones?

What would you do if you were in that situation? You’d do…

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on March 2, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am so sick of fake liberals like John Beckett.
    Hindus and Buddhists are getting fed up with these regressive leftists, who claim to care for minority religions but throw us under the bus. They only care for Islam, if hindus or Buddhists try to fight back we are called “nationlists” and “right wing”. Even though, Muslims on a global scale are in no way oppressed and are in fact the oppresors of polytheists worldwide!

    We have tried to warn westerners, Asia was once a very enlightened place, Buddhists, hindus, daoists, confucisists, all lived together. Even when islam first came to the east, we did not think much of it because we had no concept of the one true God and one true faith that they have. But our tolerance was our down fall; Indonesia, Malaysia, many of these nations are now all Muslim. The temples were torn down or replaced with mosques.

    Islam is more dangerous to polytheists than any other faith! In the Quran it differentiates between “people of the book” (abrahamic faiths) and polytheists. If you are christian or a jew you can live as a second class citizen, but polytheists get no rights or grace, we are basically subhumans in their hierarchy. It is for this reason that historically Muslims were allowed to reek havoc in Asia, they are not required to show mercy to polytheists. And even to this day they still blow up our temples and monuments because of “idolatry”.

    I believe that European polytheists and hindus, Buddhists, daoists, etc. should support each other. We are all facing the same dangers in this world today.

    I’m sorry for the rant, but I’m so done with these regressives. They are the enemy of all polytheists, no matter what continent!

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  2. “Easy virtue” might indeed be a sin, a moral shortcoming or a fault, no matter how one looks upon it. But then again, as the comment above shows, there might be worse sins, moral transgressions or even moral failures than that… Thinking very hard about something that occurred in my home country recently, and hitherto have abstained from making any comments on, for the very same reason


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