Ratzinger’s “Spe Salvi” November 30, 2007Posted by dorigo in news, personal, politics, science.
I am not qualified to write a detailed post on this but, good lord, the latest verbal hemorrage of pope Ratzinger leaves me bewildered and nauseated. And stimulates an insolent post.
I will be brief: I sure do not intend to read all the 77 pages of his enciclica “spe salvi” to discuss it here. I just mention a few sentences I found reported on today’s newspapers in Italy. Atheism has caused “the greatest cruelty and violations of justice”, according to Nazinger. Illuminism is a failed hope. Progress may lead to abysses of evil.
Sure, I am biased. I am uninformed, my theology is not up-to-date, and I’m stuck with Religion 111, which I never really digested. But I can smell a Rat when it’s on my desk. Progress is dangerous ? It sure is, like life itself on this planet ridden with wars declared in the name of gods. Atheism caused cruelties ? The purposeless cruelties of the christian crusaders have nothing to envy to what came after them, and actually set the tune for a millennium of hatred between different ethnicities. Nothing can save us, as beings and as a race. Progress, however, has the potential to improve our lives. God could save us if she existed, but she never did, and if there was one, she is long dead now.