Monday, March 27, 2006
The Progression of Light or Truth
Thomas Jefferson, (letter to Rev. James Madison, July 19, 1788)
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight.
A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
One can argue that these are extreme viewpoints. We are kinder and gentler and more accepting these days. Yet, we have a Christian convert about to be put to death in Afganistan. We have Muslims killing Muslims and Christians in the name of Islam. We have Christians killing Muslims in the name of Democracy and Liberty. We have the politicization of Science. We have Intellectual Relativism.
What is the point of all this madness? Through great suffering, great awakenings happen. Evil redeeming itself. Either that, or Evil will consume the human race.
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