Does Religion Matter Any More?
Cyberkitten has a post called the Grand Illusion in which she says:
“I fear that humanity is innately too irrational to shake off the idea of God and I fear that it will be the end of us. We are a clever species but we are also an incredibly stupid one. We have developed the knowledge and reason to develop nuclear weapons yet we have retained the irrationality to use them against people who donâ€™t believe as we do. I am coming to the opinion that belief in God is a Grand illusion â€“ a Grand Delusion â€“ that as a species we would be better off without.”
Ok, it is the argument that the world would be better off without religion. She is not the first person to voice this point of view but I am not sure that agree with it. In the comments I provided a very simplistic response.
“We could make an argument that religion is one of the worst things ever to happen to man and we could make the same argument that it is one of the best. All depends on your perspective.”
To which she said
“Really…? I’d like to hear the argument that it’s one of the best things to happen to us…
I tend to look at things quite simply. One of the things I ask is: Is this true? Other things I ask are: Is this useful? Is this harmful?
I’m afraid IMO that religion doesn’t come out well when you ask these kind of questions. Actually religion doesn’t do very well when you ask ANY questions. The more questions you ask the worse it gets.
That’s a major reason why I just can’t accept religion as part of my life. It would mean I’d have to stop asking awkward questions.”
The purpose of this post is not to proselytize, it is to think so I am not going to focus too much on one specific religion. However I would be negligent not to mention that Judaism requires thought and discussion on what she calls the awkward questions. I am curious to hear your perspective here.
Is religion an anachronism or is it something that is still relevant?