Post(s) tagged with "atheism"
- Greg Graffin (via independencefm)
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.