Archive for the ‘running from God’ Category

God doesn’t exist—the bastard!

September 13, 2011

God doesn’t exist—the bastard!

Samuel Beckett

This is the suppression of truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1). Atheism is not the consequence of a logical syllogism. It is believed for other reasons. The heart, as Pascal said, has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.

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There must be something more important, one feels, though I don’t believe there is

October 13, 2009

Writing to Ottoline from prison, in 1918, (his punishment for his anti-war activity) Russell explained that one of his most important motivations in his work and life was “the quest for something elusive, and yet omnipresent, and at once subtle and infinite: one seeks it in music, and the sea, and sunsets…But if one lets oneself imagine one has found it, some cruel irony is sure to come and show one that it is not really found. The outcome is that one is a ghost, floating through the world without any real contact…There must be something more important, one feels, though I don’t believe there is.

Bertrand Russell, in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, vol.1, Ray Monk, p.530

Or rather, he didn’t want a God who might tell him to leave a married woman alone (Ottoline) and be sexually faithful.

Turbulent, restless, inwardly raging – I shall always be – hungry for your God and blaspheming him. I could pour forth a flood of worship – the longing for religion is at times almost unbearably strong

October 7, 2009

I long to have the inward poise that you have,'( Bertrand Russell said to Lady Ottoline Morrell, his lover and a believer in God) but that is not for me. I shall never have it while I am alive. Turbulent, restless, inwardly raging – I shall always be – hungry for your God and blaspheming him. I could pour forth a flood of worship – the longing for religion is at times almost unbearably strong.

Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk,Bertrand Russell: Spirit of Solitude, p.243

Man is by his constitution a religious animal

September 8, 2009

Man is by his constitution a religious animal; atheism is against not only our reason, but our instincts.

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

But his religion may not be the true religion…

Football is our religion

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That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget

September 6, 2009

That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.

Jean-Paul Sartre

The Essential Falsehood in Liberalism

September 5, 2009

The idea that there was in human nature an element of deliberate defiance and rebellion against God, against the good, fell out of the scheme of modern life. The traditional Chrisian idea of the sinulness of man…was abandoned

D.R.Davies, On to Orthodoxy, 1939, p.13, giving reasons why he left Liberalism after WWI and the evil he saw there.

I have felt since early youth the pain of solitude

September 3, 2009

Underlying all occupations and all pleasures I have felt since early youth the pain of solitude. I have escaped it most nearly in moments of love, yet even there, on reflection, I have found that the escape depended partly upon illusion. I have known no woman to whom the claims of intellect were as absolute as they were to me, and wherever intellect intervened, I have found that the sympathy I sought in love was apt to fail. What Spinoza called ”the intellectual love of God” has seemed to me the best thing to live by, but I have not had even the somewhat abstract God that Spinoza allowed himself . . . I have loved a ghost, and in loving a ghost my inmost self has become spectral . . . my most profound feelings have remained always solitary and have found in human things no companionship. The sea, the stars, the night wind in waste places, mean more to me than even the human beings I love best, and I am conscious that human affection is to me at bottom an attempt to escape from the vain search for God.

Bertrand Russell, Ray Monk, vol.1., p.531