Jimmy Saville and the Marquis de Sade

The Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) was a thinker and pornographic writer who would have appealed to Jimmy Saville. We could argue that both men lived in a similar story/narrative. Perhaps we could say that Thomas Hobbes and his many disciples had 'seduced' both men! Mugged by the materialist creed?

I do not know if Saville read the Marquis but their faith in 'nature' is strikingly similar. There is only one difference that I can detect. Saville claimed to be a Roman Catholic but De Sade openly despised Roman Catholicism.

In his writings De Sade talks about 'pleasure's divine laws' and he urges his readers to sacrifice everything to the god of pleasure! Jimmy would have found this congenial.

De Sade's worldview can be summarized thus:

  1. God does not exist.
  2. Humans are machines.
  3. Everything we do is strictly determined by the laws of Physics.
  4. You cannot help it, then, if you are sexually perverse or depraved.
  5. Nature is our only ethical guide.
  6. Humans are no more significant than insects.
  7. Since Nature uses matter from dead life forms to create new ones, crime, destruction, and death are necessary and pleasing to her.
  8. Therefore murder, torture and sexual debauchery are good.
  9. When we die we rot and our bodies are eaten by worms/rats.

For me what is significant about the Marquis de Sade's worldview is that human beings are incurably religious – "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator" (Romans 1:25, NIV). It is possible for humans to worship 'pleasure' and for this to function as an idol or false god in their lives.

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