Christian Probst

Bern, Schweiz


Belief in RELIGION is a public health crisis

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Erstellungsdatum: 11-März-2006 23:00
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Douglas Rushkoff in Arthur (March2006)
(...) Just look at the numbers. A FoxNews poll claims that 92% of Americans say they believe in God. 85% believe in heaven, and 71% believe in the Devil. (That's right - the guy with horns and a tail who presides over hell: the DeNiro character in Angel Heart, Pacino in Devil's Advocate and the one who tricks people into signing contracts on Twilight Zone.) Given FoxNews' accuracy, we can cut these numbers in half, yet we're still confronted with a deeply frightening prospect: half the people amongst us believe some really fucked up shit. They've taken the metaphors of the Bible or Dante's Inferno and gone ahead and decided that these images and allegories are real.
Taking back the bible
So I think it's time those of us who have transcended this primitive approach to collective storytelling to speak up (...)
Perhaps the best way to kill their God, in fact, is to take charge of the Bible. It is in my own opinion as a media theorist the Greatest Story Ever Told, and deserving of our continued support and analysis. For my part, I’m doing my comic book series Testament, which I hope will bring these stories told both in their Biblical context and as a near-future sci-fi fable to people who might never have stumbled across them before. For others especially our friends involved in the occult arts I’d hope they consider using some Bible imagery and characters in their work and rituals. They’re just as potent as anything in the Mahabharata, and far more resonant with the Western popular culture in which most of us actually grew up. For those of you looking for an authentic tradition in which to base your art, music or fiction, consider the themes of revolution, universal justice and mind expansion a they’re depicted in allegories from Eden to Babel and characters from Joseph to Jesus. By appropriating these characters and metaphors as our own, we instill them with the power they require to release the stranglehold that true believers have over the myths built to help us face the truth, instead. Their success in making the Bible seem like a sanctimonious tome is just another testament to the deleterious effect of surrendering one of the best books ever written about sacred magick to people whose lives depend on ignoring the possibility of escape from the nightmare of eternal bondage to a vengeful deity. The more we can make its mythology relevant to our present, the more easily we’ll bring those who believe in it out of the past.

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