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Created by John Eipper on 05/07/19 4:47 PM

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I Studied with the Jesuits, and I Don't Believe (Anthony J Candil, USA, 05/07/19 4:47 pm)

Oh my God!

I was educated by Jesuits too.  My father thought they would provide me with some good thought-baggage, and they did indeed. But the experience turned me into an agnostic on the way to becoming a full atheist.

I remember that in the early 1960s I was introduced to the work of Teilhard de Chardin while on a spiritual retreat. He was then demonized by the Vatican. He was probably one of the brightest minds within the Roman Catholic Church and consequently rejected. But not by the Jesuits.

JE comments:  Maybe I should have been more precise, and said that I never met a Spaniard educated by Jesuits who didn't become an agnostic or atheist.  By the by, Spaniards embrace atheism as a near-religion, unlike other nations that lean more towards agnosticism.  I assume it's the legacy of Francoism, which made it impossible to separate the Church from the State, and to reject one without rejecting both.

See below.  Spain reportedly has 10% "convinced atheists," but I am not convinced.  France has a far higher percentage, but they strike me as less convinced.  (The Czech Republic is the least believing in Europe, at 30% atheist and an additional 29% agnostic.)


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