Post(s) tagged with "Christianity"
Zizek on his new book “God in Pain” (paraphrased):
God becomes a narcissist: he wants to be loved… In the Bible Job says: All these catastrophes that fell on me have no meaning… God expresses his perplexity at his own creation. This is the first step out of this pagan view ‘do your duty’ and so on… What dies on the cross is God beyond himself… God no longer can be conceived as ‘we are in shit but at least we have an old guy up there’… Holy Spirit is the egalitarian community bound by love… This was Paul Claudel’s insight: God can’t do anything without us, God has to trust us. This is a message of freedom… Chesterton says, only in Christianity God himself becomes for a moment an atheist… My problem with Dawkins is: there is no insight of how a religion works, about the status of belief. Belief for me is something very mysterious. We live in an era of strictly controlled hedonism. This is not true hedonism. The only true hedonists today are those who take drugs or smoke. I don’t promote that, but just think about it: we believe more than ever, beliefs to function don’t have do be first person beliefs. You have a belief which is nobody’s belief… The children pretend to believe in Santa Claus for their parents… We have this need to believe that there is someone who believes. The truly Christian gesture is to abandon objectified belief. If in Life is Beautiful it would have turned out that the small boy was (let’s imagine) aware of how the camp really was not just a game, then this would be an example of the truly Christian gesture: that the boy’s show of belief is there only to protect his father from psychological breakdown.
I was quoted.
In addition to all the various reasons I’ve listed here for why I hate religion, I’m adding everything on this meme. I’m pretty sure I’ve already covered everyone of these here since these things all happened, or were reported on within the 6 months of me running this blog. This is why I will not respect your religion. I will respect you, I will love you, I will live and work amongst you as I always have. I won’t treat you badly because you are a person of faith because that’s not my intention. I will however NEVER fail to highlight the evils in this world bred and supported by those who act according to their interpretation of religion and religious texts.
The very fact that some theists can say that this is not what their religion is about, while others can defend this kind of behavior using the same scriptures should be reason enough to ask some critical questions. If these actions are divinely inspired and written, if they are blessed by whatever name you give your god; why then do not all believers of your faith act as one? If your deity is not powerful enough to foster unity amongst its believers, then how omnipotent are they? I’ve heard every answer you can possibly give me, I used to give the same answers myself.
Gods are inventions of men. Scripture is like clay, each person of faith can mold that clay until it fits them just right. You can use as much or as little of it as you need. You can fire the pieces you pick to make them stronger, while leaving the parts you don’t want to dry out and crumble. But like all things made of clay, even the pieces that you strengthen will crack and break when hit with enough pressure. My jar thankfully shattered to pieces after developing cracks over the years. Keep hanging on to yours, but know that non-theists will keep adding pressure. ~ Kim
*___* Such an ornate door… Look at the iron work holding it at the hinge! Beautiful!
Kilpeck Church (aka the Parish Church of St Mary and St David in Kilpeck), located in Herefordshire near the Welsh border, is home to the finest collection of Romanesque sculpture in England. It was built in about 1140 and has survived remarkably intact and unaltered to the present day. [Here]