New PDF release: Abraham's Ashes. The Absurdity of Monotheism

By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the thought that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound alterations, 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 deals a forceful critique of the biblical and Qur'anic perspectives of Abraham, displaying how on the middle of all prophetic religions lies an untenable delusion of suprarational magical brooding about "revelation." This delusion consists of communiqués to a privileged male from a mysterious patriarchal God who calls for, and in relation to Jesus, really gets the tribute of human sacrifice. This merciless tale proves to be an apt advent to the weird, contradictory, and oppressive fable referred to as monotheism.

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That would be a logical motive for Abram’s departure; but Genesis doesn’t mention it. In any case, the spectacular but unearned promises that follow come literally out of nowhere. For no reason at all God tells Abram that He’ll be giving this nomadic sheikh a new homeland and all sorts of attendant greatness. This bonanza will not be a reward for personal virtue (which is in short supply among the patriarchs of Israel) or any sort of extraordinary human achievement, but just because. ” Although its survival as a polity after millennia of conquest and persecution might be seen as a miracle, it has always been quite small, weak, and, Realpolitik-ally speaking, insignificant.

God has abandoned his people—not that he ever existed or actively cherished them; but in the sense that it used to be possible for thinking people to believe that he did. Now, not so much. Nobody’s history is sacred (penetrated by supernatural forces). The Jews half-admitted this when they began to dream about the Messiah and an apocalyptic scenario for the End of Days—two Deus ex machina solutions to the increasingly desperate state of Jewish life. History turned out to be a dead end; and the only conceivable way out was for God and his superhuman agents to make an emergency landing on planet earth to put the whole mess out of its misery.

Obedient to Yahweh’s command, he moves from Haran into Canaan, where he’s specifically informed that his “seed” will—again, for no special reason—eventually be given the land inhabited by the Canaanites. ) Forced by a famine to move down into Egypt, Abram saves his own skin by pretending that his beautiful wife Sarai is his sister (she is in fact his half-sister). This leads to the first of his two spousal giveaways, which lands Sarai in Pharaoh’s harem—until God sends “great plagues” down on Pharaoh and his house; and the chastened monarch returns Sarai to her husband.

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