An Interview of Camille Paglia, Atheist

CAMILLEPAGLIAI don’t usually recommend reading materials from an atheist, but this interview with Camille Paglia is a delightful, insightful read.

(Thanks to Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed for bringing to my attention.)

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My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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7 Responses to An Interview of Camille Paglia, Atheist

  1. John F says:

    Meaning through cultural art — vacuous, The best to be hoped for is “cultural appreciation. Yet the lack of atheistic militancy is refreshing The highest possible result of what is a meaningless existence; we must feel compassion, but not yield the upward call.

  2. Profile photo of Jay Guin Jay Guin says:

    John F,

    Paglia says,

    All the great world religions contain a complex system of beliefs regarding the nature of the universe and human life that is far more profound than anything that liberalism has produced. We have a whole generation of young people who are clinging to politics and to politicized visions of sexuality for their belief system. They see nothing but politics, but politics is tiny. Politics applies only to society. There is a huge metaphysical realm out there that involves the eternal principles of life and death.

    Wouldn’t it be great to discuss Christianity with a liberal atheist who has such a high view of religion. I mean, she has the wrong answer but she understands the questions so much better than most. And this is the attitude that allows for productive dialogue. We should celebrate anyone who is willing to give Christianity a fair hearing.

    And her recognition that the Post-modern obsession with sex limits values and meaning to politicized sexualized posturing is just so insightful. C.S.Lewis said much the same thing.

  3. John F says:

    “We should celebrate anyone who is willing to give Christianity a fair hearing” That was the point of my comment about a refreshing lack of atheistic militancy. It would seem her atheism is born of a cultural viewpoint rather than science, so there is likely hope.

    Just this last Sunday evening I had about a 20 minute conversation with a young woman who had come to worship with Grandma. Her first question was about “Do really good people go to heaven, and when “… no one comes to the Father but by Me” didn’t fly with her, she fell back into atheism, and finally when challenged with irrefutable physics (did not allow her “eternal universe” to stand unchallenged, she agreed to view the John Lennox video, so we shall see.

    The Lennox video was a useful refresher well timed

    Thanks

    (Other links to veritas.org seem to lock up, but I’ll fix . . . . .)

  4. Larry Cheek says:

    Did anyone listen to Jeff Walling and his Son at Summer Celebration Lipscomb University 2014 on the topic of “A post Christian World”? Atheist’s and all other religions use Jesus time to identify their birth their age and their death as well as documenting all events during their lives. In fact the whole world documents time by the year of our Lord. You will be amazed at the information that we have ignored about the life of God’s Son.
    These two lessons can be downloaded from Summer Celebration website for $5.00 each.

  5. John says:

    Her honesty and intelligence is very refreshing. But, keep in mind that there are liberals who are critical of the views and ways of other liberals, as there are conservatives who are critical of other conservatives. Besides, Jon Stewart has sliced up and intimidated political and religious conservatives for so long that I’m sure it just tickles many of them to death to hear him being slammed by someone on that end of the spectrum.

    Remember, one “in house” critical article, so to speak, does not necessarily shake any foundations. They can be found all over the “great map of opinions”. The shaking of the status quo is from the changing minds and the hearts of the people who get up every morning, walk out the front door and share their souls with one another.

  6. Monty says:

    Question everything. Many on both the left and the right fail to do that. Challenge your own beliefs.

  7. Dustin says:

    Good point Monty. My favorite atheist has to be Slavoj Zizek. He is not a “New Atheist” in the vein of Richard Dawkins. He talks and talks and then talks more. Once he gets focused, his talks and writings are hard hitting. His critique of Christianity can certainly push us to think. David Fitch wrote a book using the ideological theory of Zizek called “The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology.”

    Some of Zizek’s most popular books are on Christ or Christianity. Here is a brief list:

    The Fragile Absolute
    The Monstrosity of Christ
    The Puppet and the Dwarf
    God in Pain

    Here is an excellent discussion with Jack Miller on God in Pain: https://youtu.be/sQ3g2zS6Tuk

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