Following my theme of discussing books…
Let’s discuss The God Delusion. As most of you probably know, this book is entirely about Atheism and how it can be supported as a valid perspective, arguably more defendable and sensible than many relgious beliefs.
Richard Dawkins asks his audience, “What would the world be like without religion?”
An over-analytical person might see this picture and notice that the light between the twin towers makes the shape of the cross, a deeply relgious symbol. Hence, the picture seems to contradict its own message.
The point that Dawkins makes is that religion, although a wonderful thing in and of itself and beautiful, is the main reason for most of the world’s problems. Ireland’s problems? Catholic vs. Protestant. England’s problems throughout history? Unification of the Church. Anglican vs. Catholic vs. Protestant vs. Jewish. World War II? Jews vs. everyone else. The war on terror? A warped version of Islam vs. anyone who dares to not be Muslim. Ever since religion came into being – ever since people found something to believe in that is bigger than themselves – there have been religious battles and wars.
Now, I’m not saying I totally support atheism. I think that people SHOULD have something to believe in; people NEED something to believe in. And I personally am in no way ready or willing to give up my own faith in Wicca.
On the other hand, it simply can’t be ignored that religion IS the major cause of most of the world’s problems. You want world peace? Well great, you’re not going to get it until people either convert to atheism or simply keep their religious beliefs to themselves COMPLETELY.
Maybe though, world peace isn’t about everyone getting along. We’re human. It’s never going to happen. Maybe it’s more about learning to coexist or just leave each other the hell alone. But as long as there’s communism and dictatorship…there won’t be anyone leaving anyone alone. People are greedy. People don’t act like they actually have religion. Every religion in the world has some version of “the golden rule.” Do unto others, harm none, etc.
Richard Dawkins is right that religion has terrible effects on the world and the people in it…but maybe it’s less about discouraging religion and more about encouraging people to believe whatever they want but just keep it to themselves. New golden rule: “harm none and say nothing.”
It’s just food for thought.
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