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By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the suggestion that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound alterations, 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 wondering "revelation." This delusion comprises communiqués to a privileged male from a mysterious patriarchal God who calls for, and with regards to Jesus, truly gets the tribute of human sacrifice. This merciless tale proves to be an apt creation to the weird, contradictory, and oppressive fable often called monotheism.

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Miracles are so convenient. But then, of course, they stop. In The Disappearance of God (1995) Richard Elliott Friedman traces the stages of God’s exit: the last person God personally appears to in the Old Testament is Solomon (who lived almost a millennium before the Christian era). The last public miracle God performs is the sending down of fire from heaven to consume Elijah’s sacrifice in the contest with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (ca. 860 BCE). His last “private miracle” comes when he reverses the shadow on the sundial for King Hezekiah, thereby granting him an extra fifteen years of life (this was more than 700 years before the time of Christ).

So, before criticizing the tenets, practices, and mind-set of the One-Godders, we need to look at their hero. We first meet Abram (the future Abraham) in Genesis 11, when he moves with the rest of his family from “Ur of the Chaldeans” (in modern-day Iraq) to Haran, near today’s Turkish-Syrian border . 1-4, after his father Terah dies, Abram gets the mysterious, world-famous call: “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.

To each of them We gave examples, and each of them We exterminated” (25:39). And the sadistic prophet echoes his Lord: “Thamud and ‘Ad denied the Last Judgment. By a deafening shout was Thamud destroyed, and ‘Ad by a howling, violent gale which He let loose on them for seven nights and eight successive days: you might have seen them lying dead as though they had been hollow trunks of palm trees. ” (69:2-8). As in the Old and New Testaments, God’s infinite compassion sometimes gets switched off.

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