One of my favorite people of all time is Cornel West. Two of his most well known books are Race Matters and Democracy Matters where his views on society are for the most part, incredibly on the mark. I've heard him live a couple of times and he is wonderful to listen to. He is also a frequent quest on Real Time with Bill Maher where he rails against the right yet at the same time has been known to call out Obama. Anyway as I was listening to him the other day, I started to think, how could a man of such intelligence, hold onto something as unintelligent as religion? He is a man of deep faith. Expanding on this idea, why is it that many people of incredible intelligence are people of religion? What is it about what they get from religion that allows them all to suspend reason on one day a week and give themselves to the land of the make-believe? One of the main doctors who is treating Hitchens is a man of faith. This is a guy who has studied science in depth and has seen cells divide. He knows there is no scientific basis for his beliefs. Yet he believes. Is it because all these people need to religion to deal with death? Is because it is what is expected in our society and to be otherwise is too difficult? I just don't understand.
very good summation of the social aspects of the religious experience Kirsten. most of us have experienced loss of friends and family due to our choice to live in reality.
tradition is a powerful thing in family and though our society claims that family life is being eroded, it still holds powerful influence in our experience.
i hope you didn't change the wallpaper!!??!
people who are that easily offended are not very open, tolerant, or smart!
I was "saved" once when I was a teen. I truly thought I knew god and that was the way to go. Then I started reading the bible and studying a bit more. Knowledge and fact won me over as an Atheist. I was brought up in a christian household in the bible belt known as TX. My roots are deep enough in christianity that I will not tell my mom I am an Atheist, because she could not accept me not going to heaven. I respect her values and wont try to ruin it for her since she is old now. :)