Brad Pitt: Religious upbringing was ‘stifling’

Filmmaker Terrence Malick’s latest, “The Tree of Life,” has been alternately described as a “tone poem” delving into issues about faith, family and forgiveness and a “coming of age story about the universe,” so it’s understandable that Monday’s Cannes press event got a little heavy.

The movie tells the story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s, with Brad Pitt playing the authoritative father raising three kids along with his wife, played by Jessica Chastain.

Although Pitt, a father of six, joked that his parenting style isn’t quite the same as the character he plays in Malick’s film, the story does raise a lot of the same questions about spirituality he had as a child.

“Many people find religion to be very inspiring,” he told reporters. “Myself, I found it very stifling.”

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  1. it may have have been at least in significan part due to wrong choice of religion. The discipline of true religion with its utilitarian teachings should only enhance the overall happiness of the society.

    Yesterday I watched an interesting debate on the topic:

    Debate: Does the Universe has a purpose?
    Three well known atheists, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Michael Shermer and Matt Ridley debated two Christian and a Jewish apologist, including William Lane Craig, recently in Mexico, regarding the purpose of human life:

    The purpose was well summarized by William Lane Craig here in a line, which rhymes with the Quranic description, the purpose of life is to be found in personal relationship with a Holy and Loving God! to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Allah says, “I have not created the Jinn and the men but that they may worship Me.” (Al Quran 51:57)

    Now let me present a collection of excerpts from the writings of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community about the purpose of human life:

    http://www.alislam.org/books/Essence-2.pdf#page=473

    It seemed, at least to me that the theists carried the day, the atheists were superficial, contradictory and adamant. They seemed to agree that the universe and life do not have an objective purpose, there is no overall purpose for human life but in the mean while each individual can assign it his or her own purpose for his or her own life on the basis of his or her desires. The theists built their case on the fact that there is a Creator, Who has made the Universe, made it biophyllic, He has a purpose in His mind, He has made the Natural Law that has done His work since the Big Bang, including the creation of life, suggesting theistic evolution. What was not said, however, as there was no Muslim theist there, that an Omniscient and Omnipotent God, after having created such harmonious Natural Laws had no need to then quickly violate them with phenomena like resurrection or Christian style miracles. If God has created the universe, then one can be certain that in keeping with His infinite entity, He would have left innumerable ways to influence the universe. So that His divinity is not suspended in any way at any time. Science is possible only because the Law Giver honors the Law, otherwise there will be total chaos and anarchy.

    If Muslim speakers from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had been included then the atheists would have at least gotten rid of theology with resurrection of dead and miracles that are in violation of the natural order and harmony and would have been left with a much more sublime theology!

    I have explained at length the issues of resurrection and Christian style miracles in my following knols and will eventually summarize them here:

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/february-2011-alislam-egazette/1qhnnhcumbuyp/330#
    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/william-lane-craig-makes-false-claims/1qhnnhcumbuyp/332?collectionId=1qhnnhcumbuyp.217#
    http://knol.google.com/k/albert-einstein-s-search-for-god#

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