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Julia Sweeney

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0007
Julia Sweeney

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The single biggest flaw in religion is the synonimity of god and nature and the assertion that the former is the cause of the latter. The portrayal of divine, omnipresent mercy, forgiveness and everything sympathizing does not sit well with the objective facts of nature, within which fall various religious practices—modes of indoctrination—as well. The realization of this factor marks the boundary between credulity and genuine belief. The latter, by virtue of its balanced criticality, questions this discontinuity between the constructed image of god and its incompatibility with nature. This chapter investigates this factor by taking up the instance of Julia Sweeney as case study—comprehending this evident discontinuity between idea and actuality, Sweeney became an atheist, the circumstantial paradox making absolute sense—giving up god because one cannot compromise to the idea of god reflecting the cruelty inherent in nature.

Keywords: nature; mercy; atheist; god; image; compromise

Chapter.  4034 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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