Religion is really a search for an understanding of the human condition. To learn about religion is crucial in understanding the nature of how a
person defines their internal self. When a person attempts to reasonably explain the cosmos outside of the observable, what I believe they’re
really trying to do is understand their place in it. Once they begin to know their place in the universe, they can begin to form themselves into
something that can best fit that role. They could also fail to fit that role, and deal with the emotional repercussions of not being the person that
they set out to be.
I also believe that the same applies on a larger scale when dealing with societies. Although the specific meaning may be different with every
individual, the greater concepts that apply to cultures effects the way a group of people identifies their purpose within the universe. As cultures
change over time, their religious concepts change, resulting in an almost completely different set of beliefs. For example, thousands of years ago,
it might have been completely feasible to believe in young earth creationism, but today, with the evidence at hand, it’s not a reasonable belief.
So, in order for religions with young earth beliefs to survive, it needed to adapt to the changing social environment.
As we change as a people, religion needs to provide different answers than it did in generations before. Early religious needs were often practical
and explained simple points about the physical world. Gods were the reason behind weather patterns, food production, physical health and other
immediate purposes. As society progressed, humanity began to need answers to bigger questions, since the ones previously answered through religion
could now be answered or at least addressed tangibly. The progression of asking how something happened (like floods, for example), to how we
happened, to why we happened will help us to better know what our purpose is as people, if there is a purpose at all.
Whether any particular religion is “true” is beside the point. The purpose of religion is not to correctly predict the nature of the universe,
its creation or its purpose. I believe that the purpose is to help us understand how humanity perceives itself and how that perception creates
cultures based on societal and individual needs.
Religion isn't about subjugation, it's about forming a belief that will allow you to understand your own place in the cosmos.
14-4-2011 by SorensDespair because: (no reason given)