Monday, November 06, 2006

Why Does Religion Continue to Flourish?

This article on Catholic Education (I know I link to them a lot but hell they have good articles what can I say!) discusses the issue of how atheism is somewhat surprised at the continued success of religion. In my earlier post on the subject, I commented on how if the predictions of naturalism and modernism were true, religion would be increasingly marginalized yet precisely the opposite thing is occuring on a global scale.

D'Souza says this:

The Rev. Ron Carlson, a popular author and lecturer, sometimes presents his audience with two stories and asks them whether it matters which one is true.

In the secular account, "You are the descendant of a tiny cell of primordial protoplasm washed up on an empty beach 3 1/2 billion years ago. You are a mere grab bag of atomic particles, a conglomeration of genetic substance. You exist on a tiny planet in a minute solar system in an empty corner of a meaningless universe. You came from nothing and are going nowhere."

In the Christian view, by contrast, "You are the special creation of a good and all-powerful God. You are the climax of His creation. Not only is your kind unique, but you are unique among your kind. Your Creator loves you so much and so intensely desires your companionship and affection that He gave the life of His only son that you might spend eternity with him."

Now imagine two groups of people — let's call them the Secular Tribe and the Religious Tribe — who subscribe to one of these two views. Which of the two is more likely to survive, prosper and multiply?

Of course we all know which one but lets be a little more specific. When I say religion there is really only one religion that cause general and widespread prosperity... that is of course Christianity. Look at every Christian nation and then even non-Christian nation. Like the article says later on, look at the most secular countries and contrast them.

But taking it a step further, the secular countries and this "secular tribe" that he's talking about exist in a world which God truly does exist. Now if there was an immaginable world where there was no God, the difference in these two groups would be astronomical. However, since the secular tribe lives in a world where God truly exists and try as they might they cant fully live as if He doesn't, the difference isn't as huge as it would be.

Though Dawkins says he doesnt believe in God, he excerts quite a bit of energy preaching his ideas. If he truly believed that there is no God, he would also have to believe that life is utterly meaningless. It follows logically. If life was meaningless, he wouldn't bother wasting his time convincing others of this.

It's always funny / ironic to me that the atheists like Richard Dawkins and Carl Sagan are far more devoted to their religious beliefs (or lack thereof) than the average theist.

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