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Opening the Doors of WonderReflections on Religious Rites of Passage$
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Arthur Magida

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245457

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245457.001.0001

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Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney

That Soldier-of-Christ, Slap-across-the-Face Stuff is Sick

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Opening the Doors of Wonder

Arthur J. Magida

University of California Press

The single biggest flaw in religion is the synonimity of god and nature and the assertion that the former is the cause of the latter. The portrayal of divine, omnipresent mercy, forgiveness and everything sympathizing does not sit well with the objective facts of nature, within which fall various religious practices—modes of indoctrination—as well. The realization of this factor marks the boundary between credulity and genuine belief. The latter, by virtue of its balanced criticality, questions this discontinuity between the constructed image of god and its incompatibility with nature. This chapter investigates this factor by taking up the instance of Julia Sweeney as case study—comprehending this evident discontinuity between idea and actuality, Sweeney became an atheist, the circumstantial paradox making absolute sense—giving up god because one cannot compromise to the idea of god reflecting the cruelty inherent in nature.

Keywords:   nature, mercy, atheist, god, image, compromise

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