Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Why is mankind religious?
You answer this question every time you come to the support of Creationism or ID, mfowler. Man looks at the universe, and concludes what looks to be the obvious, a world so complex that it must be the work of supernatural forces. Since these forces can not be readily seen, they must require the mastering of forces of equal power and great mystery in order to make contact with or to appease the unseen forces that have created this incredible thing we live in. Religion is the societal structure created to manage the harnassing of these forces.
Alas, the universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. As each year goes by science adds more to what is natural and the supernatural becomes less plausible, and now religion is needed less and less - a victim of its basis in an invalid assumption. The kinds of views of the universe which religious people have traditionally embraced have been puny, pathetic, and measly in comparison to the way the universe has actually been discovered to be - a universe discovered by science, not by men dressed up in pointy hats. Compared to science, the universe presented by organized religions is a puny little medieval universe, small, and of limited purpose, supposedly to serve men, which withers in the face of is own ludicrousness, with a God who the religionist must now claim is supposedly in charge of a billion galaxies, while also claiming he stopped being worried of that burden long enough to throw Jonah to a fish, or aid Rev. Robertson in seeing the condition of an old lady's liver over the TV airwaves.
Modern society is proving these points - we have risen from cultures where the appeasement and worship of gods was a 24/7 enterprise, to where it is now, practiced as sort of an insurance policy just in case there might actually be something to it. It is like a ballon that always contains the same volume, but the filling liquid can be either religion or scientific knowledge, the more of one, the less of the other.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address