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RE: The definition of God in a technological world
The insistence that all the words in the Bible must be true is ridiculous. It was written by people and subject to interpretations at the time. Not to say there are not valuable lessons to be found there, as in most religions. Christianity in fact, is no different from any other religious myth -- the myths serve a psychological purpose, perhaps to tame the intrinsic confusion of sentience. Joseph Campbell writes brilliantly on this subject.
I like Kirk's perspective of DNA being the "individual" being reincarnated and mutated, and we are just the vehicle with no special significance. Galileo found himself at odds with the church advocating another such position, saying we are not as important as we think we are. Eventually the church will catch up, or else be replaced with another with more relevance. Western religions have a strong undercurrent and tradition of mysticism that unifies it with the eastern varieties; it's the overt assertion of the individual having any special significance that creates the split between west and east.