Jun 30, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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THE GOD DELUSION, by R. DAWKINS I remember when this controversial book came out in 2006 and the amount of criticism (both positive and negative) it provoked. Like all great ideas that try and shift a paradigm. Only this time the paradigm is called God. (Clearly Dawkins is not the first to try to shift it - to try and kill God). This is indeed a book I always wanted to read.
What is a delusion? It's an idea, a construct, a shade - in my words -, which we firmly believe in despite the lack of proven and logical foundations. We can be all to a certain extent deluded, and even self-deluded. Have you ever heard someone say: 'I am very happy with the way I am - I am fully aware of the effects of my actions and words on others'? And then the next moment they knock down everything you do and how you do it? Or who criticises you because they 'love you'? Yes, self-deluded, self-complacent, arrogant, manipulative and passive aggressive.
The greatest and most insidious of these delusions which human kind has built and held on to for millennia is that of a god (or several gods), no matter the denomination - a delusion which has given some the authority to lead crusades, exterminate people and their lands, support genocide, control whole populations in their ignorance, imbue their children with doctrines which (in the name of love and a supernatural prize of everlasting life - yes passive aggressive again) have taught them fear, guilt, arrogance, ruined their sexuality, limited their mind and decreased their potential.
These are some of the reasons why Dawkin's The God Delusion would be a great starting point for us to discuss further the God Paradigm and the consequences it has provoked in history and in the human psychology. Among us, the fervent Christian may want to discuss it and substantiate a God relevance and significance; the atheist may want to tear it apart; the agnostic may want to emphasise the irrelevance of whether there is a God or not and urge that there are more important, relevant and wider resonating problems we need to divert our attention to in this world of ours. Whatever your belief, it will be good to discuss openly.
See you there (Spoon), 30 June 2014, at 7pm
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