Monday, December 21, 2009

Ross Douthat gets religion differently than James Cameron

Keying off Avatar Ross Douthat spins a brilliant pensee on belief:
Religion exists, in part, precisely because humans aren’t at home amid these cruel rhythms. We stand half inside the natural world and half outside it. We’re beasts with self-consciousness, predators with ethics, mortal creatures who yearn for immortality.

This is an agonized position, and if there’s no escape upward — or no God to take on flesh and come among us, as the Christmas story has it — a deeply tragic one.

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