swimmerguy's picture

I've recently been switching into more and more sort of religious frame of mind. I've never been intolerant or anything of other religions, but I've always been stone cold atheist since I pulled my head out of my ass at age 5. Part of it's my upbringing, what with my atheist mom and dad who wants to be religious but is overruled and really too busy to do anything about it anyway.
But I've always been very rational about things.

However, recently I've been switching into more of a religious mindset. I don't know why, but it's been happening. What really set me going was a few weeks ago I watched an episode of Nova on PBS about the great cathedrals.
That inspired me so much. Those cathedrals are just amazing, and the amount of work and devotion to God the men who built them had was enough to awe me.
Which really got me thinking, because I'm not like agnostic, or anything like that, but atheist.
But I've been thinking now I could almost be religious. I don't think I'll ever literally believe there is some giant man in the clouds that I'll go to when I die. Not happening.
But just like 10 minutes ago I was doing English, and it said more Americans believe in miracles than the theory of evolution.

Now, that's just ridiculous, but it made me think. The theory of evolution was so well documented, and it was made by a very religious man, Mr. Darwin, who's not trying to chip away at religion, but he made a case for evolution so incredibly strong the scientific community, no matter how religous had no means of refuting him.
But ignorant people continue to say he's wrong, just because that interferes with their preconceived notions, when they actually know none of his side of the tale (hem hem, Christine o'Donnell).
And so I figured science, when well based on fact built on fact, is irrefutable, unchangeable.
But then I figured, religion doesn't necessarily have to conflict with it, because religion is stories built on ideas, and so it can change.
And so, I don't actually literally believe it, but I just realized that religion is a beautiful beautiful thing, all about getting people closer to God, and really, themselves, which is amazing.
So, even if there isn't really a God, people can get closer to themselves, and maybe there are just like threads of our lives, crossing each other and interacting, and maybe we can get closer to that network too.

And so the moral of the story is that fact can't be refuted, but it really doesn't have to be, because religion is ideas and stories, designed to get people closer to God and themselves, with no need to refute science. Religion is something to inspire people and get them closer to understanding our being and the workings of universe.
Which makes me sad, because we're always bickering amongst ourselves, Christians and Muslims mainly, when we probably just have different forms of the same idea of getting closer to God and discovering ourselves, and all the violence that results is just wasteful and completely goes against the whole idea.


ReinbowGrl's picture

Historically, religion is a

Historically, religion is a way for people to explain the logically unexplainable. As humans, we need that fallback.

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I don't need company in the company of you. I don't need love, your love will do. And I've got you and you've got me and this is all you need. I don't need air, I don't need to breathe. I don't need rest, I don't have time to sleep.

elph's picture

Not just "Historically"...

Wow! You're getting a mighty early start to the day. Or, is it just a late end to the previous one?

lonewolf678's picture


and how is that?

elph's picture

How would you...

...describe 3:38AM?

funnyflyby's picture


I don't see why religions fight... it seems to go against what's actually taught in the religions. I like this post, though. It's kinda nice. And even though I'm supposed to be Protestant, I'll never fully believe in somebody sitting in the clouds, either. I just like what values are taught, for being a good person and such. And wow, more people believe in miracles than evolution? That's a bit sad. I guess it depends on how you define 'miracle'.

ferrets's picture


its probley the sense of "our way of life is so good, that since they belivie that way, they must not be as good as us." or to the more extreme(like crusades and jihads)"we know what is best, so in the end, forcing our ways on these people will help them."

and religion does have some excellent traits, it creates a closness and it motivates people to be neighborley and help the less fortunate. but it also has alot of bad. such as hating people( gay people, people of other faiths) without rational basis, just on the terms of"god told us so"

so i think reliogen should be taken with common sense and a modern prospective...i mean we cant be stoning our neighbors for wearing multi fibered clothes ;)

More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion.
-Harvey Milk

lonewolf678's picture

that's odd

i was never taught to hate gays or people of other faiths.

ferrets's picture

neither was i...

but clearly it happens in some places.

More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion.
-Harvey Milk