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By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the inspiration that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound variations, 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 fantasy includes 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 weird, contradictory, and oppressive delusion referred to as monotheism.

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Thus they began to imagine the World To Come as a place of final judgment, rewards and punishments. Despite this, Jews as a group, unlike their Christian and Muslim brothers, never developed much passion for the olam ha-ba—and they still tend to ignore it. But Jesus, and even more Muhammad, and their followers couldn’t get enough of the afterlife, whence the stream of baseless Technicolor fantasies about our post-mortem doings. 22,-23), but the story of Abraham in Genesis has no need of a heavenly epilogue.

The Schadenfreude wouldn’t have been complete without the slaughter of the firstborn (all the first born, human and bovine) and the mass drowning of Pharaoh’s cavalry. It’s good guys vs. bad guys: monotheism ultimately has no truck with tragedy, because people are either good or bad, the Bible doesn’t deal with tragic flaws (except, perhaps in the case of Saul), the Almighty Judge in charge of everything is never less than perfectly just, and hence his outcomes leave nothing to be desired. No appeals can filed after Doomsday.

If in addition we discover the motives which led to this, our attitude to the problems of religion will undergo a marked displacement. We shall tell ourselves that it would be very nice if there were a God who created the world, and if there was a benevolent Providence, and if there was a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be. And it would be more remarkable still if our wretched, ignorant and downtrodden ancestors had succeeded in solving all these difficult riddles of the universe.

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