By Daniele Bolelli
If you're watching for the world's "Holy Men" to inform you the reality approximately their religions, do you feel they'll point out that:
• The Tao Te Ching used to be in simple terms created simply because Lao Tzu used to be thrown in detention center by means of a disciple who didn't are looking to enable him go away city with no writing down his teachings?
• "Passover" celebrates God killing all firstborn Egyptian teenagers whereas Jewish houses have been "passed over" by way of the angel of death?
• Shinto, a nature-loving, mellow faith, was once reworked by way of the japanese executive right into a nationalistic ideology selling "holy" war?
Adding to its well known 50 issues You're now not alleged to recognize sequence, Disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli (writer, professor of comparative faith, and well known martial arts practitioner and thinker) to take on an ever extra severe and demanding subject: renowned misconceptions approximately faith.
Among different revelations:
• Carpocrates, an early Christian, argued that intercourse orgies have been a key to heaven.
• Prostitution was once a non secular accountability in Mesopotamian temples.
• the 2 significant chinese language religions (Taoism and Confucianism) are thoroughly at odds with one another and but are frequently practiced together.
• regardless of having persecuted Jews for 2,000 years, Christian fundamentalists are Israel's greatest supporters.
Capturing simply the proper stability of in-depth wisdom, recognize, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical method of the duty, revealing superb, stunning, and little-known proof in regards to the "big three" religions but additionally many extra, together with Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and, after all, the more and more renowned non-religion: atheism.
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My neighbor's house is on the point of collapsing. If he wants to pull it down, I will willingly help him. But he wants to prop it up and support it in a way that entails the complete ruin of my house. 28 This citation shows that Lessing had now attained a position that transcended the three main trends of the time (orthodoxy, neology, and deistic rationalism) and that he wanted to contribute to the development of theology in his peculiarly realistic manner by relating himself dialectically to each of these trends.
How did Lessing locate himself in the theological situation of that day? It is true that he looked down on Lutheran orthodoxy, but he despised enlightened rational theology, or neology, even more. 27 In a letter of 2 February 1774 to his brother Karl, he explains his paradoxical relationship to Lutheran orthodoxy. Now without investigating how much or how little I have reason to be satisﬁed with my fellow men, I must tell you, however, that you truly form a completely 22 LESSING'S PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION false idea of me on this point, that you understand my entire attitude toward orthodoxy very incorrectly.
What interests us here, rather, is that Lessing, while interpreting the spirit of the Reformation in an utterly new, modern direction in his theological controversy with Lutheran orthodoxy, has recourse to Luther's spirit, not to Luther's writings. 44 Lessing's interpretation of “Luther's spirit” may well be open to censure as a one-sided subjectiﬁcation of the Reformation principle. But it must not be taken as an arbitrary subjectivization of Protestant Christianity or an unqualiﬁed elevation of private religion.