Absolute Misotheism II

Bernard Schweizer

in Hating God

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751389
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894864 | DOI:
Absolute Misotheism II

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The case of Peter Shaffer is unique in this study because he is the only one among all the major figures of misotheism who gives an unflattering portrait of God-haters. Contrasting sharply with the humanistic dignity of West’s and Wiesel’s crusaders against God, Shaffer portrays misotheists as selfish and cranky: Salieri in Amadeus seeks revenge against God because of Mozart’s greater talents, Alan Strang in Equus first worships the horse god but then feels threatened and lashes out against his idol; and Pizarro in The Royal Hunt of the Sun wants to absorb the powers of a living god into himself by killing the sun god. In all three cases, Shaffer exposes worship itself as having an inherent tendency to turn into hatred of God and leading to deicide. This view bears out Sigmund Freud’s thesis about man’s relationship to God as being analogous to the Oedipal rivalry with the father.

Keywords: absolute misotheism; deicide; worship; Sigmund Freud; Peter Shaffer; Book of Revelations; Christ; Yahweh; pagan; Dionysus

Chapter.  8363 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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