“Menos el hombre, todas las criaturas son inmortales, pues ignoran la muerte”
El Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges
Hace poco releyendo (por enésima vez) Rayuela, me encontré esta cita en el capítulo 70:
“Cuando estaba yo en mi causa primera, no tenía a Dios…; me quería a mi mismo y no quería nada más; era lo que quería y quería lo que era, y estaba libre de Dios y de todas las cosas… Por eso suplicamos a Dios que nos libre de Dios, y que concibamos la verdad y gocemos eternamente de ella, allí donde los ángeles supremos, la mosca y el alma son semejantes, allí donde yo estaba y donde quería eso que era y era eso que quería…”
Meister Eckhart, Sermón Beati paupers spiritu
And now I found a discussion board in Facebook called Why (i think) people hate atheism, someone there posts this definition:
“Religion is a set of rules, set by man, to follow while being alive. ‘God’ (as an omnipresent BEING that watches over us) is a concept that is used in SOME religions. Buddhists, Taoists, etc. don’t rely on this concept (although, if you want to consider Nature and Spirits as a form of God: I am wrong about this, as some Taoists regard them as something to worship). They rely just in the teachings of certain individuals, which are NOT regarded as deities, and are NOT worshipped as Gods. So, from this point of view, having a religion does not necessarily mean believing in a God.” Caleb Rascón
The thing is, I am not an atheist (Atheism, a philosophical view, is the position that either affirms the nonexistence of god or rejects theism.), I do believe in “something”, but I disagree with the methods and reasons (or lack of them) to believe in a religion.
I have claimed for a long time to be “heretic”
(Heresy is a “theological or religious opinion or doctrine maintained in opposition, or held to be contrary, to the Roman Catholic or Orthodox doctrine of the Christian Church, or, by extension, to that of any church, creed, or religious system, considered as orthodox. By extension, heresy is an opinion or doctrine in philosophy, politics, science, art, etc., at variance with those generally accepted as authoritative.”)
Since I was a little girl, I always felt that my opinion was contrary to the Roman Catholic Church I was raised in. I could not understand why God would get mad at me for playing in the church yard, isn’t he supposed to love children? And what about babies, why are they “evil beings” who need purification? Furthermore, I think that the concepts of “good” and “bad” are things that every person should understand and decide, I don’t like just being told what to do.
On the other hand, a lot of people believe that a religious person is someone who doesn’t think, a sheep that follows without asking. Well, in some cases this is true, but I know people who are deeply religious, extremely intelligent and are truly believers. These persons have studied, have questioned and have found that religion is an important part of their lives. I even know someone who has found a way to conciliate science and religion in her life (She is an amazing woman, one of the few really good people I know).
Now I think that religion is not wrong per se, the methods and/or people are sometimes mistaken. It is simply something that, until know, I don’t need in my life, something I disagree with for many reasons. Here I am speaking about the Catholic Church, the one I know the most. In this, people are supposed to suffer, to regret, to be afraid of divine punishment in order to get a ticket to heaven. I don’t share these thoughts, I believe in learning from mistakes, I believe in respect to all kind of things, living or not; I don’t want to leave in fear and pain.
Conclusion: I am a heretic theist (si no es un pleonasmo) since I do not concur with the orthodox religion I know, but still, I believe in something (God, Gaia, whatever the name).
En este sentido, una de las personas que admiro es Miguel Servet, médico y filósofo español del siglo XVI. Además de importantes estudios en medicina, escribió textos sobre teología; era un católico altamente devoto, pero cuyos estudios lo llevaron a concluir la inexistencia de la santísima trinidad, así como la ausencia de pecado en los niños, entre otras ideas (http://servetus.org/es/). Su carácter obstinado y su afán por defender la libertad de pensamiento y la tolerancia hacia los demás lo llevó a un juicio en el que Juan Calvino lo condenó a muerte. “Demuéstrenme mi error y me retractaré” era su argumento. El 27 de octubre de 1553, Miguel Servet muere en la hoguera. Actualmente se le considera como “modelo de integridad y estandarte en la lucha por la libertad de conciencia”.