Why Being Resentful Towards Spirituality is A Waste of Energy?

May 10, 2009 at 12:01 am 1 comment

I see a lot of resentment on the right. But, I am not going to follow into the same trap when people on the secular left (which I am part of) make remarks like this

And as for the vaunted triumph of liberalism, what about “the misery wreaked by racism and sexism, the sordid history of colonialism and imperialism, the generation of poverty and famine”? Only by ignoring all this and much more can the claim of human progress at the end of history be maintained: “If ever there was a pious myth and a piece of credulous superstition, it is the liberal-rationalist belief that, a few hiccups apart, we are all steadily en route to a finer world.”  — Stanley Fish’s Blog, God Talk – – NYTimes.com.

I’m always on the lookout for religion’s latest counter-arguments, the new rhetorical approaches that God People are constantly fine-tuning for use in pimping the righteousness of faith (and for demonstrating the moral dissoluteness of agnostics like myself). There isn’t an inherently irresolvable metaphysical challenge that comes close to wasting as much of the world’s time and energy as this particular one. It’s the intellectual equivalent of the eternal R&D quest for a baldness cure: you just never stop being surprised at how many different ways men can find to fail at growing hair.


This latest salvo is fired by author/professor Stanley Fish, a prominent religion-peddler of the pointy-headed, turtlenecked genus, who made his case in his blog at the New York Times. Fish was mostly riffing on a recent book written by the windily pompous University of Manchester professor Terry Eagleton, a pudgily superior type, physically resembling a giant runny nose, who seems to have been raised by indulgent aunts who gave him sweets every time he corrected the grammar of other children. The esteemed professor’s new book is called Reason, Faith and Revolution, and it’s sort of an answer to the popular atheist literature of people like Richard Dawkins and Chris Hitchens. If you ever want to give yourself a really good, throbbing headache, go online and check out Eagleton’s lectures at Yale, upon which the book was based, in which one may listen to this soft-soaping old toady do his verbose best to stick his tongue as far as he can up the anus of the next generation of the American upper class.

Like almost all great defenders of religion, Eagleton specializes in putting bunches of words together in ways that sound like linear arguments, but actually make no sense whatsoever. In one speech he takes issue with what he calls the “Yeti” view of faith as espoused by atheists, i.e. the idea that religion is based upon the belief in an object whose existence, like that of the Yeti or the Tooth Fairy, cannot be verified by observation “in the reasonably straightforward way that we can demonstrate the existence of necrophilia or Michael Jackson” (one of a disturbingly high number of Eagleton jokes that nonsensically reference pop culture figures of at best semi-recent vintage). Eagleton’s response to what he calls this “travesty” of illogic”

Personally, this person is having meltdown.   While I personally dislike the policies of religious right,  I do not have resentments aganist the church.  Once the politics are stripped away from the church,  the effects of faiths bring meaning to people’s lives.   It is the church that brought me to a lot of my friends that I keep today.  It brought community and meaning to my life.

People have the right to practice and spread their faith throughout the country.   Some people will answer the call because they believe that it brings meaning to their lives and others

Such a rant demonstrates that this person has not inner sernity or spiritual peace.  When I read my friend’s Joey’s blog,  I see somebody who has spiritual serenity and peace in his life instead of bitter resentment.

Personally, I would rather have the friend that has  spiritual serenity in his life than the person with bitter resentments towards life.    Both my Christian and Burner friends do not harbor bitter resentment in life but, rather live with spiritual serenity and gratitude. 

One can be an atheist and yet, not harbor bitter resentments towards people of faith.  To me, it is waste of energy and does not accomplish anything.  If I see people like that,  I walk away from them.  Who wants to be friends people whose sole purpose in life to harbor bitterness and resentment.

Those people need to take a serious inventory of their resentments and list all of the grievances that they have aganist society and people.    With the assistance of a pastor or thearpist, they discuss the inventory and find better ways to channel these resentments into more constructive feelings.

In conclusion, I am going to state that I disagree with the rant because I think it was waste of energyand does not bring anything postive to life.


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