Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Sword of Truth is sharpened by free inquiry

Is it really so much to ask for religious beliefs to be openly scrutinized? For the religious to be able to defend themselves against even the staunchest criticisms? To be held to the same successful standards as science? I firmly believe that one of the main reasons for the success of science is because of the fact that no ideas within its grasp are considered sacred.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Du bist ein Vogel* and the superstition of a bird
*Literally translated as 'You are a bird' but generally used to mean 'You're crazy!'"

By a significant margin, most people in the world are religious or at least have some spiritual/supernatural tendencies. There’s something like 2.3 billion Christians, 1.6 billion Muslims, 1 billion Hindus and 700 million Buddhists. That leaves 1.1 billion with no religion, itself a loaded term that may well include a large number of spiritual, though non-denominational, individuals.

Therefore, it’s a compelling argument to wonder how it might be possible that such a vast number of people could also be wrong about something so important, so integral to our daily lives. Is the answer that we shouldn’t so readily cast our dice against these overwhelming odds? Or is there perhaps some other answer, some natural tendency among humans, explaining why we’re so easily taken in by religion?