To organise the mess that is my mind, I keep a little black book (an actual one) with me and scribble random thoughts in it. Sometimes it makes sense, sometimes you get things like this: “laissez-faire, status quo, self improvement.” Don’t know why I wrote it down, what the connection between the three was, or why I should even care.
The following makes sense though, at least to me. Coming back from my first class of English literature, in a response to something my drama professor told us, I wrote down some random thoughts about religion. They aren’t complete thoughts, and not every one is supported by an argument within the note, but that’s why they’re “thoughts” and not “statements.” Originally wanted to merge it all into a story, but they are too unrelated for one coherent post. So, I will just present you the notes.
- Cult; “religious cult” seems a little bit of a tautology.
- Forced upon societies.
- Imprinted in our brains, through upbringing, education, the media.
- Secular state, separation of church and state,
- a true secular state doesn’t finance religion and/or doesn’t allow religious parties;
- religion prohibits political innovation, and limits the ability of politics to adjust to current circumstances.
- Glorification of religion prohibits a clear mind and an open view in children, limiting their possibilities later in life.
- Used as a safe goat in unethical situations, as homosexuality, oppression and emancipation.
- Religion preaches hate against other ways of life, as only theirs is “the right one.”
- Some of the most bloodiest wars have been fought because of religion and in the name of it.
- Science and religion do not match, as science is there to ask questions, while religion can’t handle questions (or answers).
- Evolution proved a fundamental Christian idea wrong, and it can be said that because of it the Christian religion is disproven (or at least the existence of a “creating” God), if taken in a broader sense of the subject. (Falsification.)
Two days later I wrote down my thoughts about religion and the scientific look on it, but considering they’re in Dutch, I will spare you those. They won’t be lost though, I’m going to incorporate them into a “little” article I’m writing about the coming (sociological) end of Christianity. Looking forward to publishing it soon.