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RE: The End of Faith (book review)
kerry edwards - 5/31/2005 1:29 PM
kvining - 5/29/2005 10:07 PM
I remember an interesting observation that the difference between the religions of the East and West is that Western religion has able to maintain beliefs that are contradictory, hypocritcal or utterly unsupported by rationality for two thousands years. I see nothing but more of the same.
Seems unfair to blame this problem on the West and not equally on the East. The belief in Karma is roughly the equivalent of the Western belief in heaven/hell. Both are used to tell people that the universe is completely just. Both seem equally irrational.
Actually, I did not phrase that very well. The author's point was that Eastern systems have a great deal of logically validity while Western systems do not. From a scientific viewpoint, both systems are "irrational", but the Eastern systems are extremely consistent, while Western religions are riddled with logical contradictions. One of the examples the author used was the view of the place of women, with Jesus vs Paul. Both men's views are considered "holy", yet they essentially contradict one another.
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