11 thoughts on “Slavoj Žižek on Atheism and Christianity

    1. I don’t “send” anybody anything. If you have subscribed to this blog, you have elected to get emails of posts. You can unsubscribe by going to your WP homepage, going to “Reader” and then either hitting the X icon to unsubscribe (or you can simply edit so that you no longer get emails).

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      1. I am sooooo sorry. I was completely out of line to say what I did. of course you didn’t send me anything. I just saw that dripping bloody face and the blood red background and (over) reacted. In part because I am so sick of hearing about Jesus from people who torture, spy on and bomb other people. Lo siento.

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  1. Now do a reasonable signification of Buddhism, instead of taking the words of nihilistic, self-objectified, last-incarnation-in-this-plane Boulder burnouts as Dharma.

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    1. I read somewhere a quite convincing argument that Buddhism is an excuse for cowardice.
      This intrigues me. RKhaos, what are your thoughts?

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      1. I would not fool with some Buddhists if I were you. Ask Bruce Lee and his fellow martial arts folk. Or some of the mentally developed practitioners, lest you find yourself flying around the room, look, ma, no hands. For the highly evolved, doing nothing when faced with a threat is a way to absolve karma, so that that ground set is never encountered on the path again. Meet evil with kindness. As in plain life down here on the ground, you pretty much make your own enemies. When a Tibetan monk sets fire to himself, he is in a metaphysical sense reducing China to ashes. As the spirit leads, so shall matter follow. If you read the Bhagavad Gita, a major Hindu text, it is easy to understand what the Buddha said. I try to not have thoughts. Buddhism, like Christianity, is what you make of it. Theism, atheism, deist, rules, freedom from rules, etc. You would have to read some history to understand. Trungpa Rinpoche, the deceased abbot of a monastery he founded in Boulder, Colorado communicates insight very well. Western psychology is a pale version of Buddhist mind science. If you want to delve further, but are not seeking a religion, as such, read one of the popularizers of Zen. Suzuki or Alan Watts old TV series. For a good critique, making fun of Buddhist passivity, try one of the Taoist commentators. Buddhism, unlike the 3 religions of Abraham, did not eradicate the local religion when it colonized a tribe, but included it in its (theory). They taught respect of the ancestors. It is part of human nature to hate bullies as cowards. It must be very difficult for people who know what they are doing not to crack some skulls. Ask any teacher.

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  2. There is no real sacrifice. If you sacrifice something you LOSE it. You don’t just have a bad weekend. Jesus wasn’t sacrificed. All that happened is that he had 3 bad days in a realm the HE MADE, before he was reincarnated. Then according to Matthew an army of zombies went throughout the city, only no one but Matthew apparently noticed. Millions of people have died for me (i.e. on the shores of Normandy), many in much worse circumstances than crucifixion, all of them had no idea what would happen to them after they died, as opposed to Jesus who supposedly KNEW what was to become of him. This is just one of the many many reasons why Christianity like all religions is reprehensible and steals attention from the ONE LIFE we have and focuses it instead on the fairy tale afterlife.

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  3. What I did not get from Professor Slavoj’s piece is the connection between Jesus and atheism. He put some cards in place but did not put them into a construct that could stand up. For a refreshing change he did not seem over-medicated, hopefully he’s conquered his fears and phobias. His English was understandable and he wasn’t rumpled, and there was a clarity in his associations, rather than the usual fog and reflections of dialectic symbolic reasoning. Well, he’s a big hit with the college crowd, so there must be some thing there. Maybe it is because he gives the figurative finger to the established academic way of thinking. Which is always welcome, even if it were wrong. I have suffered through hours of watching his videos trying to understand what he is saying. Worse than the Dali Lama. Marxist dialectics lay waste to physical anthropology – no clear renderings of fast disappearing cultures – many of them gone. Many of Zizek’s social observations are clever but seldom hit bulls eye. If he really wants to chose a religion that leads to atheism he should try Judaism or Buddhism. In relation to John Karpf’s comments, I am reminded of a line from a B. Dylan song…’and in all their promises of paradise you will not hear a laugh…’ I still can’t wrap my mind around the significance of THE Crucifixion. There are many tales still floating around of demiurges that were subject to fleshly death at the hands of depraved humans.

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  4. What I did not get from Professor Slavoj’s piece is the connection between Jesus and atheism. He put some cards in place but did not put them into a construct that could stand up. For a refreshing change he did not seem over-medicated, hopefully he’s conquered his fears and phobias. His English was understandable and he wasn’t rumpled, and there was a clarity in his associations, rather than the usual fog and reflections of dialectic symbolic reasoning. Well, he’s a big hit with the college crowd, so there must be some thing there.

    Maybe it is because he gives the figurative finger to the established academic way of thinking. Which is always welcome, even if it were wrong. I have suffered through hours of watching his videos trying to understand what he is saying. Worse than the Dali Lama. Marxist dialectics lay waste to cultural anthropology – no clear renderings of fast disappearing cultures – many of them gone. Many of Zizek’s social observations are clever but seldom hit bulls eye. If he really wants to chose a religion that leads to atheism he should try Judaism or Buddhism. In relation to John Karpf’s comments, I am reminded of a line from a B. Dylan song…’and in all their promises of paradise you will not hear a laugh…’ I still can’t wrap my mind around the significance of THE Crucifixion. There are many tales still floating around of demiurges that were subject to fleshly death at the hands of depraved humans.

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