January 30, 2007 at 9:49 am 7 comments

“Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything — anything — be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in.”

Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation


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  • 1. penseroso  |  January 30, 2007 at 10:24 am

    This is so ironic. Arguments over which is better, Mac or PC, OSX or Windows XP, reach levels of furvor that are matched only by religious disputes.

    Anyway, to get back on topic: I’ve raised my ugly anti-religious head on my own blog a number of times in the past, and oh boy did I catch hell for it.

    These days, in particular, lines are drawn boldly in the sand and barbed wire is erected over them; you’re on one side or the other. I don’t know where you reside, but in my country, polarization has poisoned public discourse and, in my humble opinion, most of the blame should be placed on the religious right.

  • 2. travelingmedicineshow  |  January 30, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    What I find so disturbing is that the deepening religious rifts and increasing fanatacism (including the religious right) feels so apocalyptic. It feels like a throwback to a time of deep tribalism and xenophobia before any progress was made in human relations. Sadly, I think the truth is that any seeming progress has been superficial. Now the surface has been scratched, and the underlying decay revealed. Have A Great Day! –Gloomy

  • 3. Oscarandre  |  January 30, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    It is worth wondering about why exactly religious belief – and even non-religious belief – raises the ire of some people to such extraordinary levels. While passionate and opposed opinions do exist on a wide range of subjects (e.g. Mac vs PC), these do not reach anywhere near the scale of religious disputes. Perhaps two factors add fuel to religious debates – no side can ever conclusively prove their case leading to frustration that another’s perceived silly belief (e.g. in Buddha or Jesus or Allah or a stone idol) can have equal legitimacy being founded simply on personal faith. Secondly, too often religion and power, personal and institutional, have been mixed into a volatile relationship. And few things stir our passions like the desire for – or loss of – power.

  • 4. Gracie  |  January 30, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Excellent points. We seem to be regressing as people in many aspects as the end timers anticipate with glee a fantasy rapture ignoring Mother Earth and her lovely creatures.

    The fundies scare the hell out of me.

  • 5. Nicola  |  January 31, 2007 at 11:00 am

    So true.

  • 6. icedmocha  |  January 31, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Great comments. There is so much anger and chest-thumping on all sides, from the various religious sects and from the non-religious as well. Everyone is so convinced their position is correct, and they are more than willing to fight about it. Does anyone even hear what the others are saying? Is there any hope at all of compromise and harmony? I think it’s sad and terribly frightening.

  • 7. gingermiss  |  February 1, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    It is a terribly sad thing – when discourse completely breaks down, making progression impossible. When people close themselves to examining any possibilities outside their own realm of experience. This is how people now view the president, and I’m curious to see what kind of an effect this is going to have on the elections in 2008. Other than that, I worry that there’s not a lot that can be done to resolve these growing rifts other than what’s being done now. I guess we have to find some unifying influence and grab onto it as a country or a people. Provocative quote. 🙂


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