concerns with all the fidelity of a Caribbean cruise

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We live in a world of unimaginable surprises - from the fusion energy that lights the sun to the genetic and evolutionary consequences of this light's dancing for eons upon the earth - and yet paradise conforms to our most superficial concerns with all the fidelity of a Caribbean cruise. This is wonderously strange.
(Episode from "Death: The Fount of Illusions")
Source: The End of Faith by Sam Harris

Does the phrase "concerns with all the fidelity of a Caribbean cruise" mean "concerns with all the loyalty to Jesus Christ"? The use of "a Caribbean cruise" appears to be metonymy to me referring to Jesus. I am not very sure, because the phrase seems possibly mean "concerns with all the genuity of a Nazareth man".
 

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That's seems unlikely to me, especially as Harris is an outspoken atheist. I think he means that people see heaven as similar to a luxury cruise, with very little to do with Jesus and more to do with cocktails at the bar.
 

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If so, what is the definition for "fidelity" there?
 

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The phrase has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. The idea is that a Caribbean cruise conforms to our superficial concerns in that it satisfies our superficial needs and desires.

The word fidelity goes with conforms. Something 'conforms faithfully' to something else.
 
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