Category Archives: Religious Narcissism

Anthropocentricism, Magic Thinking & the Damage Done

once upon a time there was a star in a corner of the universe, and a planet circling that star, and on it some clever creatures who invented knowledge; and then they died, and the star went out, and it was as though nothing had happened.[1]Friedrich Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lies in a Non-Moral sense.”

Nietzsche got it right. Our extinction is guaranteed, just as it has been and will be for all other creatures ever to inhabit Earth. • • •

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Infantile Divine Image: A God in the Mirror & the Natural World

The divine entitlement and egotistic conceit behind most religions was identified long ago by the ancient Greek philosopher Xenophanes (c. 570-475 BCE):

Ethiopians imagine their gods as black and snub-nosed; Thracians blue-eyed and red-haired. But if horses or lions had hands, or could draw and fashion works as men do, horses would draw the gods shaped like horses and lions like lions, making the gods resemble themselves.

Something so obvious in the behavior of all human tribes should convince anyone with a rational mind to laugh off the self-centered silliness of a belief that “God created man in his own image” (Genesis 1:27). • • •

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