Yet another question about Christopher Hitchens' god is not Great.
Indeed, within Castro’s periphery there evolved a bizarre mutation known oxymoronically as “liberation theology,” where priests and even some bishops adopted “alternative” liturgies enshrining the ludicrous notion that Jesus of Nazareth was really a dues-paying socialist. For a combination of good and bad reasons (Archbishop Romero of El Salvador was a man of courage and principle, in the way that some Nicaraguan “base community” clerics were not), the papacy put this down as a heresy.
What should I consider dues-paying here?
Should I take it as in dictionaryreference.com:
- gaining experience, especially by hard and often unpleasant or uncongenial work.
Or should I take it as in "dues-paying member"? I know, it sounds non-sensical Jesus paying a membership or legal fee, but the passage says it actually is ludicrous.
To sum up, I can't chose between these two.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you very much.