[quote]Professor X wrote:
Professor X wrote:
Just thought it was an interesting article, especially because my family is constantly sending me forwarded emails about how our nation is going to self-destruct because we are less religious than we have ever been.
To me it seems the more we advance as a society, and the more knowledge we gain, the harder it is to believe in something that started in a time when people had very little scientific knowledge about the world around them.
Do you think less God in our country means we are abandoning the ideas of the founding fathers, or that the founding fathers were following the popular belief system of the day and were able to get away with integrating the word God into every document they wrote?
(I grew up in an evangelical Christian home, and want to hear what “the world” thinks about the issue)
I agree that as we advance as a society it seems natural to slowly move away from these types of beliefs.
With that said, it doesn’t matter if we are abandoning the alleged ideas of the founding fathers; if people today feel they don’t need religion for whatever reason, that is their choice. Some still feel they do need it and that is their choice as well.
After 200 years, I think the idea of slowly moving away from religion seems probable. Hell, the rest of the world isn’t as caught up with religion as we are.
I think the priests/bishops/televangelists/etc that blame today’s problems on the waning influence of religion are just scared to lose ‘control’ or the influence they may have had.
Please. This happens in cycles throughout history. For anyone to take the stance that they are “more awake” because they choose to not believe in God is a slap in the face to anyone who does believe. It means you truly think your mentality is superior and that others are beneath you. I haven’t met any of your “superior intellects” on this site yet who are so brilliant as to give that stance any foundation.
We are at the beginning of a new millennium. Fears of “Dooms Day” passed with Y2K. The moment mankind faces something that makes them feel small again…(like arguably Manifest Destiny in terms of conquering a “New World”), religion will gain even more strength in the population.
In my honest opinion…when relatively average people begin thinking they are the epitome of human consciousness, I do feel we are in very big trouble as a species.
I’m not sure why you quoted my post. On the one hand, I did write “as we advance as a society” but I didn’t mean it to mean “advance mentally or intellecutally.” So that is my fault. I think you’re taking my post a little too far though. I’m not of the opinion that our waning dependence on religion is because people have “woken up.” I don’t know what the reason is; I just said that many today feel they don’t need religion, others still do.
200 years ago going to church and being some type of theist, often times (though i’m not of the opinion that the Founding Fathers were mostly/all Christian) some type of Christian, was the norm. Now, it isn’t as much. I don’t know why, but you are assuming I was attacking you and others as being mentally inferior.
Question…and I want your honest opinion.
If in the near or even distant future, we do notice some world ending comet or asteroid approaching Earth years in advance…do you expect religion to be on the decline?
Mankind has a habit of gaining an ego when it thinks it has nothing major to fear.[/quote]
No it would probably not be on the declien (had to edit this because I misread the question). I think most would have to agree, given human nature. It is analogous to your “there are no atheists in foxholes” post in the other thread; when faced with a life or death situation, even an atheist can forego their beliefs, no matter how sincerely believed, and start believing in God to comfort them. It is human nature to want to be comforted.
With that said, the fact that we haven’t been faced with a life or death situation of that magnitude does not negate anything I said. If you saw, I said “if people today feel they don’t need religion for whatever reason…”
That reason could be the absence of a doomsday event, such as a comet hitting the earth which we detect in advance. But we have not had something like that which could cause people to return to their faiths.