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.