Thursday, September 30, 2010

Letting Go of God

Julia Sweeney is an atheist who does a hilarious (and true!) skit based on her experience of religion in her life, called Letting Go of God. As an ex-Catholic, this hits home and is seriously amusing. The following is an excerpt of the skit, which can be purchased on DVD:

But then the more I thought about it the more I had to be honest with myself. If someone came to my door and I was hearing Catholic theology and dogma for the very first time, and they said, "We believe that God impregnated a very young girl, without the use of intercourse--and the fact that she was a virgin is maniacally important to us--and she had a baby and that's the son of God." I mean, I would think that's equally ridiculous I'm just so used to that story.

Sweeney has a simple, excellent point--one most religious people never consider. When you are a Catholic (or Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, etc.) articles of faith that require suspension of mental rationality are somehow favored as miracles of God, but everything else is just batshit. There is a perpetual "Us vs. Them" mentality. They're crazy, but we're not. Dogma like talking snakes, a teenage virgin impregnation, the "infallibility" of the papacy in ex cathedra, and bread and wine becoming the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, all conveniently fall under the umbrella of "all things are possible with God."