posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 06:42 PM
reply to post by lifecitizen
Kudos to nixie_nox for pointing out the misleading nature of the thread title. Having once doubted the existence of a deity doesn't preclude a
revived or even strengthened faith.
I feel religion in one form or another will always exist, though we may not call it such. For instance, in the absence of a formal religion, many will
turn to political ideologies for meaning, purpose and moral direction. Unfortunately, some of the abstract and subjective beliefs that stabilize and
enrich society (right/wrong, justice) are simple fairy tales, don't exist objectively, as they cannot be deduced or falsified empirically. They are
products of the human imagination, useful fictions and nothing more.
True, one can make a reasonable case that spending a million dollars to feed and shelter the homeless is more "moral" than spending the money to
build bombs, but this presumes one outcome is really more desirable than the other. Who decides this and how? What standard should be used? Science
doesn't deal with SHOULD or OUGHT questions, these are outside its intended purpose and scope, and this reduces the decision to personal proclivities
and emotional mind-states like sympathy, anger or disgust.
One can argue, as in evolutionary psychology, that cooperation rather than war and death can benefit the survival of the individual and the species,
but this only argues that cooperation is USEFUL to reach a specific END, it doesn't demonstrate human survival to be good as a moral FACT, nor that
morality is objectively REAL. Similar arguments can be made for religion and even distasteful things like cannibalism, infanticide, and rape. By a
naturalistic standard all morals are equally arbitrary, whether "divinely inspired" or the product of secular contemplation. While many
non-religious attribute their moral beliefs to "reason", it is actually the product of personal desires, cultural bias, an ultimately purposeless
evolutionary process, and a good deal of faith. As self delusion clearly isn't limited to theists, I'm confident religion will survive well into the
future, possibly in a guise we'd least expect.