|Originally posted by Renegade |
Yeah and that's one of the problems we face in combatting the claims of Christianity and other faiths. I am not familiar with an orthodox religious faith (including the eastern religions, which cannot usually be lumped in so neatly with the Abrahamic religions) that does not see man as being somehow sick, pitiful or debased: a sad pathetic creature who requires the guidance of some supernatural force to make life worthwhile. Neitzsche once said something like "Christianity makes man sick so that it may offer him the cure" and this is what he means. Even in cases where reason triumphs and erodes the supernatural claims of religions, it is rarely capable of touching the root emotional need for such beliefs, which is why whenever you read the accounts of those who have "deconverted" from a given faith, there is almost always a sense of despair or meaninglessness recounted at the end of it (which is sometimes overcome, sometimes not).
But the point is that it wasn't Dawkins who told this boy that a life without god wasn't worth living: that was entirely the doing of the Christians.
I'm sorry but Friedrich Nietzsche (while he does offer an insightful alternative to Theism) often skewed or misunderstood the purpose of Christianity. The old testament focuses on the wickedness of men, while the new testament focuses on a VASTLY more positive idea that negates the original concept of men being fundamentally bad. Mankind is fundamentally good, and I don't see why believing in God is a bad thing if it helps people appreciate the beauty of the world more or helps them answer questions they've had.
Friedrich Nietzsche was a brilliant man but his critique of Christianity is often filled with so much animosity that I find it hard to really appreciate his arguments.
Christianity does not "make man sick then offer the cure". This simply goes against the teachings in the gospels. Nietzsche targeted fundamentalist Christianity, and I think he has every right and reason to, but I don't think many of his attacks would apply to those who practice orthodoxy. IE: Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox etc... And especially not since Vatican II!