Not trying to start a fight here, but this probably will. You see, this is the dilemma for the Tour Guides. After a tourist who doesn’t accept the idea of a God ohh’s and ahh’s in this sacred place dedicated to that God, there really isn’t much more to show them that might change their mind. I mean, The Sistine Chapel may be Christianity’s trump card.
Others throughout history — from Pagans to Jews to Muslims — have also been inspired by their beliefs to also create stunning works of art and architecture. Their numbers total in the thousands from the Stonehenge builders, to the Pyramids to the Pantheon on to musical giants like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
On the Atheistic side of the ledger, whatta ya got? A great many manifestos and declamations and even Supreme Court decisions. But darn few Sistine Chapels. When your core belief is disbelief, what grand sounds and images are you inspired to create?
This is not to say atheists don’t savor great religious art. They do. But it seems when they do, they have to applaud the artist’s efforts at the same time they are rejecting the divine inspiration for those efforts. Maybe this is why most under-educated believers seem to get more out of the Sistine Chapel than over-educated atheist.
Now I can’t prove this. Just a hunch, every time I’ve walked that sacred room……..
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