religion: the good, the bad

what i like about religion:

  1. ethics/morality. Religion is good at encouraging people to be good. Of course, it also encourages them to be bad, though it does not intend to.
  2. eschatology. Today this could almost be renamed ecology. It is reflection on death, the future and the way things should be(come). It provides us with direction, something that is sorely lacking in our present world.
  3. mystery. This is just plain fun. It’s thinking about all the things we cannot begin to comprehend. It is akin to art inasmuch as it is clearly the most beautiful aspect of religion.
  4. opposition to science. Competition is good and science needs competition if it is to thrive. The only problem is that religion is, sadly, not very intelligent competition…

what i don’t like about religion:

  1. metaphysics/dogma. Religion is too sure of itself and certainly needs science as a competitor in the area. But for the time being, all dogma should probably jettisoned; it’s just too bloody dangerous.
  2. ritual. Some ritual is good, but it needs to be completely extricated from dogma and re-interpreted along utilitarian lines. Until that is done, i will continue to mock it.
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5 Comments to “religion: the good, the bad”

  1. G.K. Chesterton had talked about the ritual of nature. We may find the rising of the sun and it’s reliable setting, dull. But this is because we are just too ‘used to it.’

    This is a useful way of looking at ritual, I think.

    Dogma in the universe states that an object when dropped will fall.

    The law of human decency is not nearly so dogmatic. It merely tells us what we ‘ought’ to do. (God that from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Chrsitianity).

    I am glad we have science keeping us sharp. We need that.

    All for now.
    Kate.

  2. Isn’t dogma in ethics as flawed and necessary as are laws in a political system… always open to revision and interpretation… and exceptions?

    I’d like to think it isn’t necessary and I agree it is bloody dangerous.

    Worse with or without? I’m not sure, though these days it’s easy to say worse.

  3. Hi, I use to be a Catholic. But I was itching for the truth. What tickles my ears was that there were so many diversities of belief in so many different congregations in the name of the same God, and all of them were stating that salvation came only through them. I’ve learned that salvation come only through Jesus Our Lord. Accepting Him we become part of His body, His Church and bride. I am a Christian without any denomination. Jesus is my Lord. God the Father gave all power over all things to Him. Jesus taught his disciples to pray to God the Father in His name only. We live in a period of time where Christ will return for His bride.

    You need to know the truth. Religion is a fabrication of man to separate himself from God. There is only one true God. He is not “religion” but “government.”

    Matthew 24:37. As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man.

    For a more insightful understanding of the above topic I suggest that you read a book entitled “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done”, by Ron Graft and Lambert Dolphin, available Free in Internet version, http://ldolphin.org/kingdom.

    Yours truly,

    Andre
    North Augusta, On, Canada

  4. @katejohnson77 “Dogma in the universe states that an object when dropped will fall.” that’s scientific or common-sense dogma, not religious dogma. The former are verifiable (say by dropping diverse objects off the tower of Pisa) the latter never are – though u might fall from the tower if u doubt them.

    @EK i don’t think we need dogma in ethics, though we do need very sticky and rarely changed rules, but rules that we are allowed to question, even if we don’t modify them too much or too often. Dogma, by definition will not suffer even the least doubt.

  5. Many people have thought that our metaphysical views are closely bound up with our views on value. I think this is true, even though I think our metaphysical views don’t so much determine our views on value as express them — or our vision of what they might become. So I think metaphysics is an important componenent of (1) and (2); I also suggest a relationship to (3).

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