Some twisted crap from the new Templeton Prize Winner:
Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists have one thing in common: they don't believe in gods. Indeed, as Cardinal Tomas Spidlik liked to say, "Christians were atheists for the first 400 years." What he meant was that, for the Roman and Greek pagans, the Jews and the Christians of the first centuries were pagans. They had no God whose name others recognized. They were "without" gods. Even now, we Christians may seem like atheists in the eyes of people of other religions.
It is very important to recognize that our God is not merely one exemplar of a group of beings called "gods." He is a great Mystery. Sometimes I find myself agreeing with atheists when they say there is no God, if by that they mean there is not a God who is "a thing among other things." In this they are correct.
That is why I like to begin my dialogues with atheists with the question, "What does this God, in whom you do not believe, look like?" and sometimes, after my partner in dialogue tells me about his image of God - as a heavenly policeman or a big daddy behind the scenes of our world - I say, "Thank God you do not believe in such a God! I don't believe in such a God either."
We really must examine this label atheism and discern that it is used to indicate many different things, including agnosticism and what I call "apatheism" in which people are simply apathetic and have no interest in religious questions. Then there are those who are merely critics of religion, or who have a critical approach to the Church and the traditional language of religion.
These are all phenomena that we sometimes call "atheism" - but, in fact, I do not believe that pure atheism can exist. What seems like utter unbelief is really just a limited period in a person's development.
The struggle between faith and atheism is not a struggle between two teams, like in football. The struggle between faith and atheism runs through the heart of every human being. Believers have an unbeliever inside, and the so-called unbelievers have also a believer inside of them.
Boy do I get annoyed when a religious nut tries to tell me what I think is not what I think... How presumptuous... The monsignor is framing the debate in order to shoot the black sheep to bring it back to the fold... Totally hypocritical...
Monotheists passing as atheists "in other religions"?... Idiotic statement. ATHEISM does not include Agnosticism. Capiche? Atheism DOES NOT include "apatheism'. Goooooooood for the Monsignorati professorus to believe that there is no such a thing as pure Atheism... Ridiculous. Get a life, Halik, most atheists DO NOT HAVE A BELIEVER inside them... Any "atheist" who has this sort of inkling is an AGNOSTIC... Any Atheist who has a spiritual inclination is a "spiritualist" or a GHOST-hunter or a WITCH-burner... And He (el godot) is not a male.
Where do these ordained dorks get their ideas? Contemplating a golden cross and some dried-up innards of martyred saints while imagining the He in the sky above, seeing the sun rays through the stained-glass window of place of pagan worship? Monotheism such as Christianity and Islam are as pagan as Pagans and Druids. They just are more numerous.
Monotheism (though the christians split their god into a "trinity") is just a different form of belief that is far removed from observed reality. Beliefs are all designed by self-appointed charlatans to find cunning ways for humans to cope with pain and death — pain and death being part of the weird DNA construct, not a mystery.
Monsignor Halik, just because you may have some doubts about the existence of god yourself, does not mean I — and many of my fellow atheists — have doubt about His/Hers/Its non-existence...
And please don't flatter yourself because you have won the "prestigious Templeton Prize"... I know you won't because being a catholic demands "humility"...
True... Atheists and believers are not in opposite "teams" of beliefs. It's just that atheists live on planet earth — but we don't know which planet you're living on...
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Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik worked as a psychotherapist during the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. In 1978, he was clandestinely ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church and was instrumental in organizing the Czech underground church. Since the fall of Communism, he has served as General Secretary to the Czech Conference of Bishops and was an advisor to Vaclav Havel. He is currently Professor of the Philosophy and Sociology of Religion at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague. On Thursday, 13 March 2014, he was announced as this year's winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize.