posted on Jan, 6 2008 @ 08:18 PM
People require a belief system in order to make sense out of an increasingly confusing technological and chaotic world. This has been true throughout
human history. Even in the heights of the Renaissance people turned to religion when confronted by things such as plague and warfare both as a comfort
and an explanation when science and philosophy were unable to meet their needs. Generally speaking, when the human mind is confronted with a situation
that it cannot rationally deal with, it turns to faith, which requires only unquestioning belief and provides a safe haven from the tempest raging
I was raised as an Episcopalian, which is to say basically white-bread christian....no Catholic guilt, no ranting hellfire sermons, no speaking in
tongues, no "next year in Jerusalem", no snake-handling, no "Death to the Infidels" Islamism, no weird golden tablets translated out of a hat.
Going to church every Sunday was more a social affair than a religious exercise.
I attended a prep school operated by Jesuits who held true not only to their reputation of academic excellence, but to non-indoctrination of their
non-Catholic charges as well. I can honestly say that nobody EVER tried to convert me. What I did receive in five years there (started in 8th grade)
was a thorough and solid five years of theology, studying the Bible on its own with no Catholic bias, but also the other major religions of the world.
It was during this period that I seriously began studying and thinking about my own views and values.
Based upon what I learned of both science and theology, and having spent many, many hours in contemplative thought, I have developed my own belief
system and I am happy and comfortable with it. There is a Higher Intelligence driving things.......it's not just random chaos (so if that's what you
call God, then as far as I am concerned He exists). God doesn't normally intervene in human affairs on a daily basis, though, and as far as I am
concerned, you don't have to accept Jesus as your personal savior to avoid an eternity in Hell.
I have reached a logic/philosophic balance that I'm happy with.
But enough about me.
So, yeah, to sum up........religion really is necessary for most people. They need a way to make sense of an otherwise insane world. What's wrong
with that, except for when it involves violence against other people?