The most stupid Christians are spiritually more enlightened than the smartest arrogant atheists.
Jason Douglas Holford IDK. Nietzsche, whom most people describe as an athiest, seems way more spiritually enlighted than most Christians I’ve met.
“The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest: asceticism becomes in them nature, need, and instinct. Difficult tasks are a privilege to them; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation. Knowledge-a form of asceticism. They are the most venerable kind of man: that does not preclude their being the most cheerful and the kindliest."
Ishmael Abraham The problem with secular ideologies and pseudo-religions is that they fail to be consistent. For example, he uses the words happiness and knowledge here, but he advocated nihilism, meaninglessness and hopelessness as well. If by saying that God is deadhe meant Christianity is dead because he was the most familiar with this religion he was truthful because Islam also predicts the fall of all pseudo-religions including the secular ideologies, but if he was certain ( which nihilists are not) that God the Creator doesn’t exist then he was an apostate and spiritually dead from Islamic perspective. But I also know he admired Islam and he criticized Church for keeping West in xenophobic ignorance towards Islam. If he met a Muslim scholar like Imam Al-Ghazali(ra) or Ibn Rushd(ra) who was genetically European like him he could possibly die a Muslim. The idea expressed in this quote is similar to Sufi idea to achieving enlightenment through not doing what you like and doing what you do not like which according to Sufis is achieved through keeping the commandments. The word for that concept is called mujahadah(struggle). God says in Quran: Those who struggle(mujahadah) in Us, We will show them our paths. Sufis prefer righteous actions for true enlightenment to eloquent words and they also adopt intellectual humility in order to reach out to masses and shun the temptation of artificial verbosity.