Sunday, May 11, 2008

Did you make mankind after we made you?

While believing strongly, without evidence, is considered a mark of madness or stupidity in any other area of our lives, faith in God still holds immense prestige in our society. Religion is the one area of discourse where it is considered noble to pretend to be certain about things no human being could possibly be certain about. It is telling that this aura of nobility extends only to those faiths that still have many subscribers. Anyone caught worshipping Poseidon, even at sea, will be thought insane.

Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

ADDED: If you really believe in the power of prayer to cure illness, why am I certain you'd never pray that your poor diabetic grandma will grow her foot back? You believe God will cure cancer or disease through prayer, so why does God hate amputees so much?


Mel said...

Perfect. Another book I'd really love to send to my fundie in-laws.

Michael said...

Right? It's very easy for nearly everyone to make fun of, say, Scientology, but it's a huge leap for them to realize that THEIR religion is just as wacky and made up.

Ur-spo said...

human history is littered with the 'death' of gods. But Posiedon lives on in our archtypes.
It is hard to eradicate the God-head from the human psyche; I dare say it is in our hard wiring.

Michael said...

The God-shaped hole.

I think it's from the WAY we think. Linear cause and effect. What came before that? And that? And religions take advantage of it.