Oriana Fallaci(1929-2006),Italian Journalist,Atheist and Feminist,who was Anti-Islam,also said she was a Christian Atheist
Who was Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006)?
She was an Italian journalist and author who was an atheist,she was also a feminist and a leftist who was against Islam.
In her career she covered many wars and revolutions and was an interviewer of many world leaders.She interviewed Kissinger,Khomeini,Indira Gandhi,Arafat,the Shah of Iran,Golda Meir,Kaddafi,Deng Xiaoping,Walesa,Sharon.Later she wrote books against Islam,inspired by 9/11.
The Most Influential of her Books
1.Letter to a Child Never Born (1976)
One of her most read books,it is a dialogue between a mother and her eventually miscarried child.
2.The Rage and The Pride (2001)
A great criticism of Islam and Muslims inspired by 9/11.
3.The Force of Reason (2004)
A continuation of her first book against Islam.
To know more about her
I have written a previous article about her,it has a video plus extra-information
To know about her read:
Fallaci said she was a Christian Atheist,meaning in essence what atheist Richard Dawkins meant when he said he was a “cultural Christian”.
Who is Richard Dawkins(born 1941)?
He is a British scientist who has written books about evolution,intelligent design and religion.He is also an atheist and his most popular book is The God Delusion (2006).His other notable books are:
1.The Selfish Gene(1976),where he introduces the idea of the “meme”.
2.The Blind Watchmaker (1986),which is about evolution and against the idea of Intelligent Design.There he argues against the Watchmaker Analogy.
3.The Greatest Show on Earth:The Evidence for Evolution (2009)
The Article on Dawkins and his declaration of being a Cultural Christian
The Passages in her “The Force of Reason” where she says she is a Christian Atheist
It is in chapter nine of The Force of Reason,where she affirms her atheism 100% but at the same time says she is a Christian.
Here is where she says she is a Christian and an Atheist
“I am a Christian atheist. I do not believe in what we imply by the word God. I think that God has been created by men and not vice versa. I think that men have invented Him out of solitude, powerlessness, despair. Meaning, to give an answer to the mystery of existence. To attenuate the insoluble questions that life throws on our faces. Who we are, where do we come from, where we are going. What was here before us and before these worlds billions and billions of worlds spinning in the universe with such a precision, what will come afterwards? In other words, I think that we invented Him out of weakness, namely out of fear of living and dying, Living is very difficult, dying is always a sorrow, and the concept of a God who helps us to face those two challenges can bring infinite relief: I understand it well. In fact I envy those who believe. At times I am even jealous of them. Never though, never, to the point of developing a suspicion and therefore the hope that a God exists.”
She reaffirms she is a Christian
“Nevertheless, I repeat, I am a Christian. I am even though I reject various Christian precepts. Such as the matter of turning the other cheek, of forgiving. (An error which encourages wickedness and that I never commit).
Notwithstanding the refusal of various precepts and particularly forgiveness, clemency, I am a Christian because I like the discourse which stays at the roots of Christianity. Because it convinces me, it seduces me to such an extent that in it I do not find any contradiction with my atheism and my secularism.”
Her thoughts on Jesus
“The idea of a God that becomes Man, meaning the idea of Man who becomes God. God of himself. A God with two arms and two legs, a God made of flesh one who goes around making or trying to make the Revolution of the Soul. Who speaking of a Creator seated in Heaven (otherwise who would listen, who would understand?) introduces himself as his Son and explains that all men are brothers of his Son. The tenderness, his let-the-children-come-unto-me, I often wonder if Jesus of Nazareth temperament really was that meek, that sweet, that tender.
As a man, not as a God, he stops the cowards who are out to stone the adulteress and thunders: He who is without sin first cast his stone As a man, not as a God, he blasts against slavery, and let’s say loud and clear: who, before Jesus of Nazareth, lad ever blasted against slavery? As a man, in conclusion, he fights. He grieves, he suffers, he certainly sins. As a man he dies. Without dying because Life does not die. Life always resurrects, Life is eternal.
And, together with the discourse on Reason, on Freedom, this is the point that mostly convinces me. That mostly seduces me. Because in it I see the rejection of Death, the refusal of Death, the apotheosis of Life which can be evil: yes. Which is also evil, which eats itself. But its alternative is Nothingness. And let’s face it: such is the principle which leads and feeds our civilization. Christianity is the greatest revolution humanity has ever accomplished.”