Abraham's Ashes. The Absurdity of Monotheism by Peter Heinegg

By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the suggestion that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound transformations, are united of their reverence for Abraham—not simply because the progenitor of Israel, yet as a common father within the religion. Abraham's Ashes bargains a forceful critique of the biblical and Qur'anic perspectives of Abraham, exhibiting how on the center of all prophetic religions lies an untenable delusion of suprarational magical wondering "revelation." This fable includes communiqués to a privileged male from a mysterious patriarchal God who calls for, and with regards to Jesus, really gets the tribute of human sacrifice. This merciless tale proves to be an apt advent to the unusual, contradictory, and oppressive delusion referred to as monotheism.

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Why not let everyone in on the fun? Why this highly selective interference in history? What does “appear to” or “speak to” mean when the speaker has no physical components? Why is God so intent on being adored? P. ) What‘s going on here? To answer—or try to get some purchase on—that question, we’ll have to spend some time scanning the creeds, codes, and cults of the monotheistic religions, but even a brief consideration of the Abrahamic legends suggests some basic problems. 1) There’s no reason to give any credence to these stories or to the murky deity who appears in them; 2) Nor is there any reason to trust the tellers, actual or supposed, of these tales; 3) This is true because, among other things, of the suspicious interchangeability of God and man (males) here: Initial contact between them leads man to swear loyalty to the ultra-great God (Allahu akbar) , which proves how great man is for having been invited to this encounter, and greater still for heaping praise on God, who, after all the flattery, is inclined to do still more favors for his creature, who naturally further exalts the deity, and so on ad infinitum.

For, if we take an examination of what is generally understood by happiness, as it has respect either to the understanding or the senses, we shall find all its properties and adjuncts will herd under this short definition, that it is a perpetual possession of being well deceived. —Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub, “A Digression on Madness” (1704) We know approximately when and by what kinds of men religious doctrines were created. If in addition we discover the motives which led to this, our attitude to the problems of religion will undergo a marked displacement.

Jesus was just a regular prophet. In 39:62 he says that the faithful “have earned salvation,” a line that orthodox Christians would blanch at. But Allah is very much a killer, and he continues to tout his homicidal record throughout the Qur’an. In a typical passage, he notes, “The tribes of ‘Ad and Thamud were also destroyed, and so were those who dwelt at Rass, and many generations in between. To each of them We gave examples, and each of them We exterminated” (25:39). And the sadistic prophet echoes his Lord: “Thamud and ‘Ad denied the Last Judgment.

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