Watch this video of Russell Brand interviewing two members of Westboro Baptist Church and decide for yourselves (warning: there’s foul language in this video) …
If you have only encountered Russell brand through the gossip pages then you may not be aware that he is an incredibly profound thinker and very intelligent. And he has a pretty good grasp of some theological points. Such as …
1) On the writing of Scripture, “The Bible wasn’t literally written by a cosmic entity”. He’s right, and as he goes on when confronted that the Bible was written by the Holy Spirit, “The Holy Spirit ain’t got a pen!” He seems to understand the dual nature of the writing of Scripture better than the Westboro Baptist representatives.
2) “If Gandhi’s going down [to hell], then none of us are safe.” And here again he’s right with a contemporary parallel to Matthew 5:20 “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
3) The Westboro Baptist guys seem to believe in a capricious bully God – according to them God sends people to hell “because he can”. Now there are lots of good arguments why God would send people to hell, but “because he can” is not one of them – it makes God out to be a tyrant.
4) Of course Russell Brand’s theology is not perfectly orthodox. He seems to see the Bible as mainly symbolic or allegorical. His view of God seems to be something of a hippy “peace, love and tolerance” God who accepts us as we are, and accepts that we remain that way forever, instead of a God who refines us and causes us to grow and change. But he is much more switched on that his appearance and persona indicate.
Points decision to Russell Brand? That’s my call