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Who Said That?

question%20mark.jpg“It strikes me that Playboy is a religious magazine, though I will admit I have a peculiar understanding of the meaning of the word. What I mean is that the magazine tells its readers how to get into heaven. It tells them what is important in life, delineates an ethics for them, tells them how to relate to others, tells them what to lavish their attention and energy upon, gives them a model of a kind of person to be. It expresses a consistent world view, a system of values, a philosophical outlook.  

Not only does Playboy create a new image of the ideal man, it also creates a slick little universe all its own, creates what you might call an alternative version of reality in which men may live in their minds. It's a light and jolly kind of universe, a world in which a man can be forever carefree, where a man can remain, like Peter Pan, a boy forever and ever. There are no nagging demands and responsibilities, no complexities or complications.

But for the most part, the magazine is, I would expect, pretty harmless. It amuses its readers by creating a delightful imaginary world for them, a world that they find it fun to live in; and everybody needs a little fun now and then. ”

Who said that?  Leave your guess in the comments section below.  Please, no google searches! 

Reader Comments (18)

A representative from a non-Christian Christian denomination, such as the UCC or United Universalist Church. Unitarians believe in everything and nothing at the same time, and the UCC is not far behind. Post-modernism determines the ethics and moral (immoral) values espoused by both organizations.
I have no idea who said that, but does it strike anyone besides me that the first two paragraphs of the quote are dead-on, and the third is a massive non sequitur?
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Donald Trump?
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoy McCausland
Rupert Murdoch, or is he that other magaizine?
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Carr
I agree with John, the first part is brilliant. The last paragraph reveals a very different outlook than mine. Playboy, and all that it represents is not harmless. As a pastor I am dealing with the fallout of a husband who betrayed his wife by going there for satisfaction. Her tears did not see this as a fun little imaginary world for him, but one of real pain.

February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDSY
Sounds like the same guy who says, "I read it for the stimulating articles." Uh-huh. Let's not get too carried away with ourselves here in over-analyzing certain phenomenon (i.e. the world-viewism of Playboy).

Speaking of which, and with all due sympathy to certain wives, it does seem to me that men behaving like little boys is more the problem, not big, bad magazines roaming the earth seeking whom they may devour. I know we are not suppose to think/say such things in our culture of the therapeutic that moralizes and demonizes at the expense of personal responsibility...but I can't help myself (!).
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZrim
Sounds like Hillary Clinton. Either trying to justify Bill's habits or seeking a campaign donation again.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sherman
"It tells them what is important in life, delineates an ethics for them, tells them how to relate to others, tells them what to lavish their attention and energy upon, gives them a model of a kind of person to be."

That sounds like Rick Warren.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter"lee n. field"
Friedrich Schleiermacher
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElliott
Joel Osteen, trying to be loving and not calling Playboy sin.
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertiminater
John Derbyshire
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Felden
MY EX...........
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplw
Robert Schuller
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCharles S.
hopefully not a Christian.
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason
Or was it Jimmy Carter?
February 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sherman
I agree with all but the last paragraph and I think it's Hugh Hefner.
February 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Alvarez
I agree with Andrew, Hugh Hefner. I think ole Hugh might br ta;ling about Islamic heaven.
February 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Sorry about my typing.
February 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

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