Big Think Asks ‘Has Science made Religion useless?’
DO WE STILL NEED RELIGION.
So, has Science made religion useless?
What could I add to this? This is what I have to say about religion in human affairs currently.
We have an utterly incomplete and inaccurate History of the nature and origins of Religion and Esoteric Tradition, which does tie into us not possessing a better perspective on the History of Science. We seriously underestimate the role of Science, Esoteric Philosophy, and Technology in this question. We’re in this condition, because of the absence of information, not because of the excess of information [in scientific knowledge and technological breakthroughs].
Robert Sapolsky, Reza Aslan, Pete Holmes and others from Big Think answered the question, “Has science made religion useless?” There are certain elements we are forgetting, such as the field of esotericism. The disenchantment that led to the formation of esotericism as a rejected knowledge combined with the ample record of cases of fraud, corruption and sexual abuse perpetrated by individuals and groups we could argue dealt the even greater blow to religion. Corruption is not just an issue in religion, but in groups and among persons claiming to possess “esoteric” knowledge. This presents some problems, that have gone largely ignored. People today talk about their “New Age” phase. This is not about what is called “New Age.” In the past two centuries after the Renaissance Era, there was some high resurgence in interests in Occult Philosophy, but not for entirely good reasons we are familiar with, in most cases. It was a matter of people’s self-interests, hence for example, the pervasiveness of Positive Thinking spirituality and the Charismatics with the theater size screen sets and wrestling introduction fireworks in the Churches. We know, this was becoming more popularized through many influences, and not just Spiritualism and New Thought, but many Christians against such extravagant changes in the Churches chose to scapegoat — Catholics, Protestants and the Orthodox.
The established institutions of Religion were waning, and remain fundamentally hampered and stagnant. The same is the case within every alternative spiritual organization still barely surviving today. Let us just say, people aren’t interested, and there isn’t anything really new to bring them attention. Scientology has probably also helped to cement into the people’s minds the fraud of religion. We must not also forget in the 2000s, the great boon it was for Skeptics and Atheists who utilized the internet to spread their information, lectures and arguments. The craziness of cults does not even bring most people back to religion, but rather turns them completely off from it. However, by default, most people are either leaving their religion, or returning, because it is all they know. Christianity has experienced these troubles before these movements came about, and religion had been waning so much, that people were desperate for and sought alternatives and explanations for what they believed or wanted to believe. However, these alternatives were inspired by schools of thought that had become rejected knowledge through mainly — in the case of “Western civilization” — the polemical history and tactics employed by the main two so-called “Abrahamic” monotheisms. Scientists as well were eager to challenge the theories of Alchemists and Religion. While, it was believed to be opportunity for a resurgence, e.g., in the Church, in the thousands of sects claiming the name of Christianity, by scapegoating Eastern influences, Freemasonry, etc., it managed to save Christianity time, but not enough. While certain concepts from “Oriental” Philosophy, Medieval Occultism and Alchemy were becoming adopted and adapted into the culture through movements from 60s-80s, this high has basically died, and survives to an even more diluted degree in the present time. Concepts are introduced through things like Yoga, Reiki, ASMR, and so forth, all merely adapted to the culture, through commercialization and translated through the economic system we are conditioned by. It is all quite feminized, subjective, and emotional as well. It is nothing Christianity could not possibly also substitute for. There are many women and especially men who do not find these things interesting or valid today, as these things have established nothing, but more forms of alternative beliefs, egoism, cults and delusion. So, where do people go from there, because there are no strong prestigious, genuine alternatives?
The problem for Christianity is that they cannot crack the barrier of what lies beyond belief . . . not enough that is, because to do so, it will only make people inquire and question more, which led them to seek alternatives in the first place. People weren’t just falling out of faith. They wanted proofs, which could not be provided to them. Their skepticism will bring us all full circle once again to the three: (1) the Field of Esotericism and elaborations on Ancient Texts, Philosophy and Literature beyond just Biblical lore and the keys to their mysteries and its institutions (which theologians and science ignores *and I promise we have not widely explored this field enough); (2) the Sciences; and (3) Tech (heavy reliance and distraction). Until we realize the importance of approaching our investigation into our questions about life through Philosophy, Science and Religion together, religion will continue to “seem” useless. Then we will be sitting here or elsewhere 1000-3000 years from now still lost. It is not a matter of religion being made useless, because of science, but all this is mostly due to the great limitations established orthodox and religious institutions have placed on people’s minds themselves. All of the creators of our futurist films, TV series and books tell us of our future species still grappling with mentally-crippling existential crisis, even our artificial intelligence.
Is it possible we might have looked over some things?