Atheistische Lesart

Wir waren ja schon im letzten Eintrag bei der Religion für Atheisten. Gestern Abend las ich noch eine gute Ergänzung von Kester Brewin. Sein erster Eindruck des Buches ist, dass de Botton das Schöne der Religionen aufnimmt um damit das Leben der „Neuen Neuen Atheisten“ zu bereichern. De Botton stimmt Brewin in den Kommentaren zu, dass es nicht nur um das Schöne geht, sondern gerade auch um gelebte Gerechtigkeit. Das eigene Handeln wird von Brewin als atheistische Lesart des Christentums „von innen“ verstanden. Es gibt keinen Streit mehr darüber dass Gott tot ist, es stellt sich vielmehr die Frage wie man mit seinem Leichnam umgeht.

The religious who are turning to an atheist reading of their faith are doing something different. God is dead, but that means that we have to take up the challenges of that absence… and that’s perhaps a more demanding road. I can’t speak from anything more than a Christian perspective on this, but it seems to me that this is not so much gaining ‘ahhh’ moments from beautiful buildings, but taking a long hard look at the scorched earth once those buildings have been torched, and wondering what is left.

Because an atheist reading of Christianity is not about polite rituals and ‘big society’ moments of collective goo. It is not about human beings rejecting God and becoming atheists. It is about God rejecting God and becoming an atheist himself. The core of Christianity is as radical as that. Jesus beat de Botton to ‘religion for atheists’ by about 2000 years; the problem is, the path he set out was so challenging that it has been almost totally rejected. Why? Because the move from religion to an atheist reading of religion is not about experiencing the sacred in the remains of religious beauty, but about experiencing the abandonment and desolation, the responsibility to the rest of humanity, when we realise the sacred is not found in the stain glass, but in the slum outside the church.

Quelle: kesterbrewin.com

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