Interesting read – although I had to cut the music for better focus. =)
The points made are interesting, but like all assertions, require “proof” to establish credibility, or else it becomes no better than other existential philosophies or religions.
I agree to a certain extent about the problem of religious books written 1000’s of years ago being outdated in modern society, but I wouldn’t call them “false” or “meaningless”.
I believe the problem with religious texts is that they failed to be updated and evolve over time with man’s growing knowledge. The religious leaders for the most part rejected new developments and discoveries that challenged their perceived views and religious interpretations, rather than adapt their views and understanding to fit in with the new data.
As a result the documents, which at one time were “state of the art”, are now considered relics by many. It’s no different than a medical manual written back then and now analyzed in the light of modern science. What would have been top science back them would be regarded as shaman ritualistic practice today.
This means the “updating” of religious documents is left to the reader to make that understanding to move forward, which many won’t do and so remain “fundamentalist” in thought.
I agree with the premise that our world and universe can be broken down into mathematical equations to explain behavior – for even the paranormal. Our universe operates by order and rules and the concept of “magic” is just operations that have eluded understanding, and so is regarded as supernatural.
The author loses points though when he castigates religious “believers” as being “cheap, petty, and stupid” as reasoning why they wouldn’t subscribe to his philosophical POV. A truly “enlightened” person would never call anyone negative judgmental names but rather unenlightened or just ignorant or the truth at worst. Ignorance and “stupidity” are not the same.
This makes him out to appear as just someone else trying to sell books, and only “smart” people will buy them- going the way of “The Emperors New Clothes” technique to shame people into getting the book.
I’m a “believer” in religion not because of blind fundamentalist “faith”, but due to what our most developed scientific theories say about the Big Bang Theory and quantum mechanics of the universe.
The problem with religion today is that it’s controlled mostly by fundamentalists who seek to control people rather than enlighten them.
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