I actually have here before me a fancily bound selection from Caussade's Abandonment to Divine Providence that I have made myself to carry with me. It's a lovely book full of helpful advice on how to weather hard times and have faith in God; especially the letters are lovely. It's the only Christian book that I still have.aflatun wrote:But you do seem intent on restricting Christianity to crude and narrow interpretations, which is totally fine of course.
Look, for example, at the letters on pgs. 72, 139, 156, 136, 143, 135, 140, 155, 157, and 170.
And yet when I think that all this lovely advice is about a god who might punish me with eternal damnation if I don't get it right in this lifetime, all that loveliness I had felt just seconds ago vanishes.
Whatever crudeness or narrowness there is in my interpretations of Christianity, it is because of the threat of eternal damnation, as I think that that threat annuls whatever beauty and value that Christianity may have to offer otherwise.
I agree, but I'm not in any such camp (which seems to be part of the problem). If I would have the comofrt of belonging to a camp, many things would be easier fo me.And I still feel that what I said does generally hold for those that do consider themselves in one camp vs. the other and involve themselves in such polemics.
Perhaps some other people, like me, also find that they don't belong to a camp, even if others ascribe to them such belonging.And to me it reveals the nature of the whole thing. Views are never innocent or merely "intellectual"
Yes, some posters here have defended Christianity.OK, but is someone here making big claims that need to be put to the test?
Yes, as does any religion that threatens with eternal damnation or with other lasting, irrepairable negative consequences. (Such as the idea forwarded by some Mahayanis that Theravadins are doomed to a lesser level of attainment and that at some point, it is too late to change paths.)Or perhaps you're saying this is what Christianity does by nature?
Are they really just antics? Or could they be saying something about the texture of Ultimate Reality?I know you know this, but you don't need to concern yourself with other people's antics.