Re: [Death To Religion] Re: WHAT WOULD WORLD BE LIKE WITHOUT RELIGION?
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From: "dantreble" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 6:27 PM
Subject: [Death To Religion] Re: WHAT WOULD WORLD BE LIKE WITHOUT RELIGION?
> C: There are the old religion-based world-views and ways of thinking
> and there is a scientific way. Anything in between is compromising
> both. It is unscientific to believe in evolution and that every
> society has had religion during the whole existence of the human
> species and then state without any evidence at all that religion is
> not indespensible. How can you say that when you do not know what
> religion really is?
> C: For example, why did we develop religions in the first place and
Anthropomorphism in the making
By Newton Joseph
There are dozens of theories as to why an ancient superstition of God
and the supernatural
can survive in this knowledgeable age.
Some anthropologists claim the systematic anthropomorphism, that is,
the attributes of
human characteristics to non-human things and events. It is as though
animism still survives
in this scientific Twenty First Century. This certainly explains
supernaturalism like the taking
snake in the Garden of Eden or the bleeding or crying statues that are
popular from time to
time or the face of Jesus on a tortilla. The concept of the soul is
another case in point. The
soul a non-material essence will have all of the characteristics of a
person with their five
senses intact. A television program called "The Wrath of God" an
invisible man with emotions
anger and as the bible says "He" is also a jealous God.
Anthropomorphism in the making. Like
Mother Nature, Father Time and the Grim Reaper, and a hurricane is
Animism is like projection, we project our human characteristics on
others, flood waters rage
and the wind howls. The Rorsach test is another example of how
projection is used.
If anthropomorphism is hard wired into our brain what is the remedy?
There is none for the
majority of humankind. I would venture to say if humankind does not
destroy themselves in
the next two thousand years we will still have Gods. The brain will
still anthropomorphize as a
way of understanding non-human things and events. I hope flying
saucers and space aliens
who look rather anemic will finally leave us alone in the year 4000.
- --n1n31nchn3rd wrote:
> Mark wrote:Humanism is not faith-based.
> >>>-M: Secular Humanists usually have *faith* that Secular
> >>B: Why would someone need faith that it isn't faith based? [...]always.
> > -M: You have faith that it isn't faith based[...]
>n: You didn't answer the question. You only repeated yourself like
-M: The faith is evidenced by the ACT of someone saying "SH is not
They have faith enough in this idea to say it.