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On My Mind
July 2014

God Was Born Prematurely

Author Affiliations
  • 1Terapia Intensiva Neonatale, Dipartimento Emergenza, Istituto G. Gaslini, Genova, Italy
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(7):599-600. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5303

A charming, refined, great lady, who incidentally was my wonderful philosophy teacher during high school (liceo in Italian) claimed that atheists secretly reprimand God because He did not create us like angels and because He made us feel both homesick for our true home, the Garden of Eden, and searing pain over having been cast out of it.

To this day, I still don’t know whether this statement was borrowed from some famous philosopher or simply my teacher’s own idea, an effort to start a debate in the classroom. Furthermore, I never found out whether my teacher was a believer or an atheist herself.

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