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Re: Atheism

Mars Rover wrote:
and to quote my favorite philosopher:

"If a voice from the clouds suddenly addressed me, speaking my name in trombone tones, or some angel suddenly addressed me in an aura of blue flame came floating toward me...I think I would be more embarrassed than frightened --frightened by the vulgarity of such a display. That is what depresses me about the mysticism of Carlos Castaneda and his like: their poverty of imagination. As any honest magician knows, true magic inheres in the ordinary, the commonplace, the everyday, the mystery of the obvious. Only petty minds and trivial souls yearn for supernatural events, incapable of perceiving that everything --everything! --within and around them is pure miracle." Ed Abbey

I think Ed Abbey gave away too much in his criticism here. He wanted to mock Christianity but in doing so, he trashed drama, dreams, art, music, literature and so much more. He would have been better to make a point about relying on the supernatural to make his case.

I think Christian texts about Heaven being paved with gold and big and the like are disappointingly hedonistic. It suggests that ignoring hedonistic pleasures on Earth will lead to even bigger hedonism in the hereafter. You don't read much about heaven being a chance for one to kneel in the dirt and pray.

I think this may have been Abbey's point but the quote makes him sound narrow and mean.

Jun 22, 2012, 07:00


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