From: Van oost Kenneth (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 25 Dec 2002 - 09:48:01 GMT
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From: "Wade T. Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Q. So what's special about religion that makes it such a powerful force
> in human history?
> A. I think that religion has been very good at rearranging the
> nonreligious furniture of our mind into a coherent whole.
>> This sounds very strange to me though !
In saying that religion rearranged something nonreligious, IMO he implies that already in our mind there were two kinds of information, religious and nonreligious stuff ! I don 't really see how that could be possible, where and how is the distinction being made !? I have always misdoubts when people drag religion, whatever that might be and for whatever reasons, into a discussion about the origins of man, individualistic and groups- bounded.
Why for the matter should the nonreligious furniture be rearranged in the
first place !?
I can see that faith and trust were and are needed, but I don 't grasp why
like religion ( any kind) was and is needed to make of our mind a coherent
Why not the rationale way !?
> Q. So if the egalitarian impulse is strong within us, can we assume that
> institutions like slavery were unnatural blips in human history?
> A. Unfortunately not. Religions and other social organizations may
> preach kindness and cooperation within the group, but they often say
> nothing about those outside the group, and may even promote brutality
> toward those beyond the brotherhood of the hive. That has been the dark
> side of religion. But it is not an inevitable side of it. I don't want
> to come across as na´ve, but there's no theoretical reason why the moral
> circle can't be expanded to ultimately include everybody. Nor is there
> any reason why we can't take a surgical approach to religion, and keep
> what is positive about it while eliminating the intolerance.
>> Again, I don 't trust this ! Maybe his intentions are good, but with the
moral circle- bit he implies that religion, whatever kind, is good for the people, moreover, he implies that religion got a ' morality ' to sell for everybody ! What kind of religion is he talking about, and what is that morality !? What is the contents of that ultimately savier- device of his...
I didn 't read his book, but fine- reading is the proper way....
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