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By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the inspiration that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound transformations, are united of their reverence for Abraham—not simply because the progenitor of Israel, yet as a common father within the religion. Abraham's Ashes bargains a forceful critique of the biblical and Qur'anic perspectives of Abraham, exhibiting how on the center of all prophetic religions lies an untenable fable of suprarational magical pondering "revelation." This fable contains communiqués to a privileged male from a mysterious patriarchal God who calls for, and in terms of Jesus, really gets the tribute of human sacrifice. This merciless tale proves to be an apt creation to the unusual, contradictory, and oppressive delusion referred to as monotheism.

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Lord, have mercy) khoneyni ‡ adds some Jewish tone. (‡Heb. Have mercy on me) Of course, it’s wholly infantile, but, non-believers, don’t just smile. We have to find some logic here, some cui bono, love or fear, to crack this huge latreutic case— why worshipers stare into space prostrate themselves, crouch, kowtow, grovel. Why heap up slavish praise, then shovel it into God’s voracious maw? The pious say, “Why? ” But that won’t do—try these four schemes (We’ll call them Adoration’s Memes): First, God’s an Egomaniac, a Junkie—worship is his crack.

Peter Heinegg Acknowledgments Thanks to Penguin Books for permission to quote from The Koran, tr. N. J. Dawood. All Bible quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are from the King James Version. All other translations, unless otherwise indicated, are by the author. Introduction Crazy Abe When a man’s fancy gets astride on his reason, when imagination is at cuffs with the senses, and common understanding, as well as common sense, is kicked out of doors, the first proselyte he makes is himself; and when that is once compassed, the difficulty is not so great in bringing over others; a strong delusion always operating from without as vigorously as from within.

He dodged dangers and conflicts, and lived happily ever after. His luck was insured by his inexplicable meetings with an invisible “God,” who gave a lot and didn’t ask for much in return—apart from that Binding business. What he really demanded was worship (an altar here, an animal sacrifice there)—as he would in all his future manifestations—and rejection of any third-rate alien deities. An utterly sensible quid pro quo, one would think. And Abraham died in bed, something not all prophets manage to do.

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