I just read an article on an alternative news site titled, “Religion is important to understand.” The author has noticed that under obfuscating theological jargon, the religions of all humans have many things in common. I have noticed this, too. He lists several possible ‘explanations’ for the existence of this phenomenon, but leaves one out: There is a God to whom humans yearn to connect.
“That can’t be it!” the Enlightenment Man quickly responds. Yet the Enlightenment Man, if he can overcome his anti-religious bias, must admit that it is impossible to prove otherwise. Therefore it is possible that a God exists to whom humans yearn to connect.
At this point atheists (and I used to be one) will usually start listing everything that is wrong with the world as evidence that God does not exist. The list is made up, almost entirely, of evil things that humans do to each other. On Twitter last night, an atheist posted a picture of a tearful little girl with the caption: “I am better than your God because I would prevent the rape of children if I could.” Several fellow-travelers approved that message. I said, “Blame the rapist.” I mean, if there is no God, as you claim, then the rapist is solely to blame and what are you doing-right now in this godless world-to prevent the rape of children?
Richard Dawkins, leader of a worldwide anti-religion cult, is only doing half the job. He launches blistering attacks, Thesaurus on his knee, against the Christian’s God. His comments on Islam are very mild. He says he doesn’t know much about Islam. He doesn’t know much about Christianity, either, but that doesn’t stop him. Why then does he not attack Islam with his customary aggression?
Political correctness? Doesn’t want to be labeled an Islamaphobe? Or does he simply not want to be assassinated? Christians are a soft target; attacking them is like attacking a small child. They will turn the other cheek when attacked, while some Muslims will promptly take you out and Dawkins knows it.
The position that science is infallible, the source of all truth and that it will one day save us-is a religious belief. Science functions under the Induction Fallacy: If a thing has happened over and over, it will always happen that way. Although it is a fallacy, science presses on and it all works out pretty well in the end. But just a drop of humility is appropriate here, yes?
For those addicted to Reason, I offer a tidbit for consideration: Occam’s Razor: “If there are multiple possible explanations for an event or result, the simplest is almost always correct.” The simplest explanation for the ubiquity and persistence of the human concept of God is that there is a God to whom humans yearn to connect.
If we were merely evolved apes, where would we even get the idea that the world is unjust? Do baboons sit on the savannah munching grubs and ponder this? It has no survival value-in fact, humans have been known to lay down their lives fighting for justice.
No, we are more than grub-munchers-we seek love, we treasure truth, we might even cry when overwhelmed by the beauty of the London Symphony Orchestra; like I did, much to my embarrassment-but guess what? I looked around and wet cheeks glistened all over the auditorium.
THAT is the spiritual impulse. THAT is not going away.