Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Imagine no religion?

atheist advertising campaigns war on religion

Have you seen this billboard looming over Canal and Rampart Streets? The dimwit sponsors aim to be "thought provoking," and for the last week or so, I've been mildly provoked into thinking about humanity without religion.

Oh God, where to begin? Imagine no Anghor Wat, no Parthenon, no Great Pyramid; no Mass in C. Minor, no most of J.S. Bach, no Mahalia Jackson singing "Sweet Little Jesus Boy"; no Dalai Lama, no Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, no Theresa of Avila (no Bernini's heart-stabbing masterpiece, either); no Ovid's Metamorphoses, no Dante's Inferno, no Diary of a Country Priest, novel by George Bernanos and movie by Robert Bresson; no masks, no ritual objects, no sinuous mud-daubbed shrines to their ancestors by the Dogon...well, you get the drift.

I may go to hell for my irreligion, but I'll be damned if I want to live in a world that would deny so much of human feeling and imagination.  
   

10 comments:

  1. Thank you, Calliope Street, for not lumping all people with a spiritual bent as brainwashed, anti-science neanderthals. How refreshing.

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  2. And thank you, Charlotte, for being first at bat with a comment. I half expected to be lectured ad nauseum about the Inquisition, etc. etc. etc Just keep listening to those Angel Trumpets in the moonlight, dear Mermaid!

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  3. This is a p.o.v. that is refreshing to hear. Thanks ;-)

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  4. Good for you. Imagining a world without religion has become a religion for people like those in the "Freedom from Religion Foundation." Somehow I doubt they can appreciate the irony of that.

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  5. this was wonderful. sometimes i feel as though i have to apologize for being Catholic. i may not be the most loyal follower, but i have my own private beliefs.

    thank you again.
    (i think i'm just going to go back and read every single post) ;-)

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  6. Dear Termite,
    No need ever to apologize for belonging to a truly great religion like Catholicism (says this lapsed Catholic). That's what the ignorant people behind this sign want us to do: Pile more guilt on top of congenital Catholic guilt. Oy vey!

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  7. I am a late arrival, but this made my day today. Thanks!

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  8. Thanks, Saintseester, and you and all the friends of Mighty T. have really made my day!

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  9. thankful for the itty bitty termite's suggestion to check u out...and thankful for your words...having a clergyman in my family (the hubs), I truly appreciate your words, and wish more folks had your pov--thank you!

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