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"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Quieting the Day


I was reading Tolstoy's "Three Questions", and found it followed by "The Coffee-House of Surat," which ends here:

"Therefore, let him who sees the sun's whole light filling the world, refrain from blaming or despising the superstitious man, who in his own idol sees one ray of that same light. Let him not despise even the unbeliever who is blind and cannot see the sun at all."
And I thought it was a nice thought.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Phila said...

I dunno, RMJ. How are you going to police American Christianity with an attitude like that?

7:40 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

How are you going to police American Christianity with an attitude like that?

Not very well, huh?

9:25 PM  
Blogger ProfWombat said...

One man's superstition is another's faith. Can't be proven or disproven, or even shown to be inconsistent with observation to the satisfaction of he who holds it.

Seems to me that 'benign' superstition, which impinges on human possibility neither in the holder nor on unbelievers, can be distinguished from others, and accepted rather than fought.

9:05 AM  
Blogger olvlzl said...

Heads up.

One of the big thinkers at CFI is posting an atheists guide to theology. Not that it's likely to be informative but it's probably a previews of the stuff they'll be throwing around the blogs.

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/an_atheists_guide_to_what_you_need_to_know_about_theology/

Anthony McCarthy

12:36 PM  

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