Tuesday, July 15, 2008
In the process of researching atheism, one thing I have become convinced of is that it is not based on anything rational.
Evolution is ridiculous. The Documentary Hypothesis is likewise baseless. The entire philosophy is a scam.
Considering this, why do we find a small but seemingly growing number of Orthodox Jews who convert to atheism? What is the attraction?
The answer is simple: sex. In my experience, these people are all suffering from a sexual addiction. They have lost control of their lives and this is basically no different than any alcoholic or heroin addict. In most cases, the Internet plays an important role in this, although work friends, romance novels, etc can also be important.
Many victims of this addiction will vehemently deny that they have any problem, however denial does not make the addiction go away. This video clip depicts a successful businessman who is in the terminal stages of alcohol abuse yet denies that he drinks heavily. He died soon after this documentary was made.
Many victims of this addiction will claim that atheism is true and they are doing the right thing. Rationalizing is a common defense mechanism in addiction, and that’s all atheism actually is. Reasoning with the addict usually has little affect.
Needless to say, as in any addiction, the family and friends of the addict may become codependents who enable the addict.
In my humble opinion, the best solution for this problem is to transfer the addict to a treatment facility where he or she will get help. If an addict doesn’t agree to go voluntarily, an intervention may be the best solution.
Intervention is somewhat similar to the concept of cherem. All the relatives and friends of the addict gather together in love and unity and tell the addict that they are completely cutting him off unless he accepts the gift of treatment today. This is not always successful, however it often is. In addition, this means that the family of the addict can continue with their lives undisturbed regardless of what the addict chooses to do.
The following series of video clips gives an idea of how this type of procedure is done. Clip 1 Clip 2 Clip 3 Clip 4 Clip 5.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 12:39 PM