By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the proposal that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound modifications, 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 considering "revelation." This fable consists of communiqués to a privileged male from a mysterious patriarchal God who calls for, and when it comes to Jesus, truly gets the tribute of human sacrifice. This merciless tale proves to be an apt creation to the unusual, contradictory, and oppressive myth often called monotheism.

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Let’s see: their guilt, their wasted time, their feeling that they’re sinful slime, their silent God, their vain petitions for help and love, their strong suspicions that He’s not there, their holy terrors (eternal hell for moral errors), and on and on. Egad, why bother with all this ditzy “Lord! ” pother. Must be, believers dig their pains— the deadly God-drug’s fried their brains All true, and yet believers claim, “We do feel something, all the same. ” No, actually it’s masturbation. It’s self-provoked neuronal jollies, a praying-hands-job, theo-follies.

He murders practically all his children in the Flood; and he nukes every last person in Sodom and Gomorrah. He flirts with the idea of a double-filicide in the Binding of Isaac, since having the old man kill his son (the child who “counts”) would in a real way kill both of them. In any case, he needs to show that he has the right and the power to annihilate his (male) children—something his chosen people will never forget because of the pidyon ha-ben. That should show everybody who’s in charge.

He just can’t get enough—dagnabit! Or, Second, maybe God’s sadistic (that sounds a bit more realistic): He loves to watch his creatures squirm (not man the titan, man the worm). Folks twist and writhe amid the dust: it’s vaguely similar to lust: a desperate, pathetic passion, a belly-flop without the splashin’). And, best of all, he doesn’t listen! All those requests somehow go missin’. Hope springs eternal, Pope would say; and if Godot can’t come today, perhaps we’ll see his face demain. You never know: peut-être, hein?

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