Tuesday, May 17, 2005

God is Dead, or Not?

Some days ago, it happened to me to read an old article of The Economist. It was an article taken from the Millenium issue, the one that was in newsstand at the end of December 1999. It was in the Obituary section of the magazine; The Economist has an obituary section every week with the obituary for an important person who recently died. In the Millenium issue, something like five years ago, the obituary was for God. The article is interesting as it pictures in what ways the Almighty recently passed into history (or not so recently, do you remember Nietzsche?) even if in the end this article underlines the fact that remarkably few people deny the possibility of a supreme being. So what?
About one month ago, everybody heard in the news that a new Pope was elected: Joseph Ratzinger succeeded to Karol Woytila with the name of Benedict XVI. The same Joseph Ratzinger that in the Mass Pro eligendo romano pontifice had warned the humankind against the dictatorship of the relativism, that doesn’t see nothing as definitive and leave the ego and its desires as the ultimate measure. I think these are quite powerful words in a moment of the human history when there are so few certainties and so many doubts, even about the survival of the Almighty. However, this is the way the story goes.
In three weeks time in Italy there will be a referendum with some questions about artificial insemination, embryo’s rights and scientific research on stem cells. These are important questions and I think that they concern the private sphere of decision of everyone. The Italian Church has immediately clarified that all the Catholics must abstain from going to the referendum, making it useless because of the lack of the majority of the possible voters. In the same days, the Spanish Parliament has approved a bill in favor of the marriage between homosexuals or lesbians, in contrast with the Spanish Church (as with the Vatican) that consider this like something against the normal concept of family. And this is the point that put together these three paragraphs!
Like in the past, I ask you: what is NORMAL? What is right or wrong about thinking that God is dead or not? What is good or evil in the relativism of present days? What?As usual, a lot of questions with so few answers.

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