Religion Rambles.

apuffalogic's picture

I've noticed that, on this site and in the gay community in general, people are, in general, incredibly, seriously against religion.

But, as much as I hate to say it, I don't think it will ever fade.

And when I think about something to hard, I tend to write about it.
And that's what I did.
Feel free to write as many angry comments as you want.

SO.

Why Religion Will Never Die
A kind of long-ish journal entry by apuffalogic.

Religion, in general, was conceived at a time of immense ignorance. A lot of questions were floating around: about the origin of species, life, the universe, and everything. People were desperately searching for a reason, or a meaning, to live their lives. A gargantuan void existed in our awareness and knowledge of the world around us.
This void, which was impossible to fill with actual fact, was instead filled with popular guesses. These guesses were propagated. These guesses became popular. Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth: religion.

Nowadays, however, where once there was nothing, we now have something. The hole in our knowledge is shrinking. These religions, and their followers, are sounding increasingly irrational in the face of scientific progress.

But the thing is, they will never die as a group.

Because, although the scope of the questions that spun the stories of religion has started to constrict, it hasn't been closed off entirely. And it never will be. We'll probably never know if a higher power exists, or if there's a heaven, or if we even matter enough to deserve one. But people will keep believing that it does, that there is, that we do, because even though there isn't any proof, there's no proof against, either.

Without faith, God is nothing. But it's simply human nature that the lack of faith required will never occur: People believe what they want to believe; they put faith in what they want to believe. And as a result of this, God will always exist, if only in peoples' minds, and as a direct result so will religion.

To summarize, humans are a bunch of dodo brains.

I don't know, that's just what I've been contemplating in my excessive amount of spare time.

Comments

Grace Hughen's picture

That so-called "overly long"

That so-called "overly long" entry amounted to half of one of my normal ones. Am I really bombastic or are you just concise?

I agree with your theory of how religion was formed and why it won't die out. As to us being a bunch of dodo brains, well, we can be pretty stupid sometimes, yes. But there are people out there who don't try to make the obsolete bits of their religion fit in with reality, and adapt their faith instead. One good thing that can be said for faith is that it does have the capacity to change. (I know I'm getting a little bit off the topic you discussed, but as it's still religion it counts... sorta.) Even if we don't need religion in order to explain things, it's still nice to have something to fall back on when there's nothing else you can do. When a relative has cancer or is in a slump or some such thing and you've done everything there is to usefully do, it's probably better to pray or do spells or whatever than to just sit around wishing for something to do. Superstition can help keep hope alive.

Wow, I guess I'm not really arguing with you at all, just expanding. Heh heh.

apuffalogic's picture

Thanks for the

Thanks for the expansion!
Something I admittedly forgot to mention was the ability of faiths to adapt. Although the changing of the actual text of things like the Bible would make people question a religion's integrity, interpretation of their texts could more easily change with views of what's acceptable. I suppose the big challenge there, though, would be trying to convince that the newer, updated perspective was better than the old...but we'll save that for when it happens. If it happens.

Religion can also, as you pointed out, provide comfort to the ill-begotten. I, personally, think that it's a hopelessly deluded thing to turn to, but I guess it's better than nothing, if only as a temporary support. Because, I mean really, sustaining yourself on that kind of stuff doesn't really elicit the best results. Kind of like a caffeine pill, or a spare tire.

Oh, yeah, and I edited the entry. It's no longer "overly long". It's now "kind of long-ish".
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ForeverEndedToday's picture

Agreed. ---------------------

Agreed.
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