More On Faith


Speaking of The End of Faith:

But a series of books doing quite well on bestseller lists -- by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and, soon, Christopher Hitchens -- argues it's time to be a lot less deferential to faith, and I have to say I find it hard to disagree. After all, we live in a time when blowing children to bits is an increasingly popular form of worship, the most powerful man on earth thinks he's got a hotline to God, and much of the electorate who gave that man his power would never consider replacing him with someone who does not believe the son of a carpenter who died 2,000 years ago sits in heaven advising presidents, fixing football games, and waiting for the day he will return to the Earth to brutally murder all unbelievers and erect a worldwide dictatorship.

Those fanatical atheists


Good examples of people who use and abuse god to further their causes.  (Why aren't more religious fundamentalists pacifists or environmentalists?  Why are they at war either on the literal battle field or the figurative one, i.e., the business world?  Please excuse me for the aside.)  The problem I've been having is with the logical people (mostly friends) who believe in a god, but think the Christian bible is really just a bunch of stories that are meant to relay general messages and instill life values, not to be taken literally.  They take Christianity as more of loose guidelines.  Usually the question I asked then is why they chose the particular religion they chose, and not a non-secular religion.  They usually reply that they happen to like the church they go to, or they were raised that way, so it's a familiar way to get their weekly dose of values.  They like the community aspect. I don't find any of their answers very convincing or compelling reasons to join a  cult (read religion).

That's why my wife insisted on sending my kids to Sunday School and doing the other formalities, although neither of us can be called religious (no kidding:-). I really wanted to stay away from the cult of the Catholic Church, but it was what she was raised in, and what all the classmates are doing, so it is more of a social thing for her. Needless to say, it has engendered some, shall we say, spirited discussion!

Very interesting.  I may be in the same boat soon.  My wife and I are trying to start a family and she was raised religious.  I agree that the social aspect is nice, it's just the brainwashing that isn't.  I guess I'd want my children to know that no ones really knows for certain whether there is a god or not.  And if there is, no one really knows what it is.  It's ok to not believe.  On the other hand, it's ok to believe.  I say the latter with some reservation.  In my opinion, it's ok to believe intelligently.  Defining this is a subject for an entire blog post I'm guessing.  I'm just not sure I want that kind of heat on my blog, especially if I ever wanted to change employers.  

It's a tough thing to work out, for sure. And while I agree in general that keeping things on your blog from getting to controversial, much like rigid hours, wearing a tie or even commuting these days, if my rationalistic views were to keep me from a job, then it is one I'll gladly forgo. A man's gotta have standards!

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