Friday, August 26, 2016

The Logic - Religion Paradox

Can't find the text right now, but its opening thought sticks in my mind. Judeo-Christian belief hinges on faith; that is, belief and obedience in the face of no evidence, a powerful paternalistic attitude. At the same time, we Europeans are taught logic from infancy. These two issues do not fit comfortably together, and it's no wonder that, as education spreads, so does atheism.

In another set of thoughts, many world religions don't follow that paternalistic pattern, but expect their deities to listen to them, and to react and respond individually. The story is told, often, in India of a man or woman who built a small shrine in the home and showed utmost respect and honor to a particular deity every day. But then, when that deity ignored the person's request for something - money, a job, the health of a family member - he or she tossed the shrine and all its contents - flowers, fruit, small statuary - into the street.

 So these Bronze Age Greeks, whose beliefs can only be guessed at and who evolved into the people who painted deities on their ceramics with only symbols (wings, hats, tools, and their names) to differentiate them from ordinary people - what was their on-the-ground relationship with those powers that they believed could control their individual fates? Or did they even believe that at all??

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