Internet Goosing the Antithesis

Monday, August 27, 2007

Mother Theresa, an atheist?

Was Mother Theresa driven to torture herself by her immoral actions? Did she doubt the existence of God? It seems that way.

Although perpetually cheery in public, the Teresa of the letters lived in a state of deep and abiding spiritual pain. In more than 40 communications, many of which have never before been published, she bemoans the "dryness," "darkness," "loneliness" and "torture" she is undergoing. She compares the experience to hell and at one point says it has driven her to doubt the existence of heaven and even of God. She is acutely aware of the discrepancy between her inner state and her public demeanor. "The smile," she writes, is "a mask" or "a cloak that covers everything." Similarly, she wonders whether she is engaged in verbal deception. "I spoke as if my very heart was in love with God — tender, personal love," she remarks to an adviser. "If you were [there], you would have said, 'What hypocrisy.'"

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At 8/28/2007 12:30 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

I heard that at one point she had an affair with Anton Szandor LaVey.

At 8/29/2007 8:53 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I don't think this means that she was an atheist.

I also don't think this means that she was in any way an atypical Christian.

At 9/03/2007 4:02 PM, Blogger The Ridger, FCD declaimed...

She felt abandoned by God. That by definition means she wasn't an atheist.



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