The “God” Revival
Did you ever ask yourself why man achieved unparalleled technological and scientific success over the past 200 years?
Is there God? For the religionists, the only proof to the existence of God is faith. Do not question, they say, have faith. The idea of God simply means we don’t have to look for any evidence to prove his existence. We just have to believe and take things on faith. After all no one is called upon to prove a negative.
Yes, faith is the central mechanism of religion. This magic word means complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The missing entity here is evidence or proof. When a person takes things on faith, he simply has to believe even in the absence of necessary proof or evidence.
Faith is a very powerful word that ruled the Dark Ages. The voice of the Dark Ages- the Pope’s encyclical – preached the virtue of faith. Do not question, the Pope said, believe. Do not resist, obey. Do not seek the truth, your mind is impotent. The Church told its faithful that their reward for religious obedience was waiting beyond their grave. Happiness, enjoyment, and bliss do not belong on earth, they can only be experienced in a place they call ‘heaven.’
Today the advance of science is trying to help explain the origin of things, including the history of man’s biological development. Historically speaking, human beings went through a process of ‘cultural refinement’ (my own term). Cultural refinement simply means man strove to improve his human condition throughout history by means of gradually moving his perceptual level to conceptual level so to understand man’s means of survival. It’s through this gradual, very long process that transformed the ‘caveman’, who lived thousands or million of years ago, to the ‘man of tool with perceptual level of cognition’ more than 2,000 years ago. It’s also this process of cultural refinement that transformed the ‘mystic man’ who believed in supernatural powers and regarded the forces of nature as gods and goddesses to the ‘curious man’ of the Dark Ages. And it is this truth-seeking culture that transformed the ‘man of the Age of Enlightenment’ to the ‘modern man’ of today.’ Religion did nothing but waylaid and obstructed the development of man throughout history.
Did you ever ask yourself why man achieved unparalleled technological and scientific success over the past 200 years? Your bible or Koran tells you man established so-called civilization a few thousand of years ago, but look at the achievement of religion. It was centuries of constant stagnation, religious wars, famine, lawlessness, tribal conflicts, ignorance, etc. Historians attest that the very first light bulb was invented in the ancient city of Persia (Baghdad today) more than 2,000 years ago, but why did such invention fail to benefit the people and societies of that epoch? It is because a social system that must be based on rational principles and laws did not yet exist during that historical period.
During the Dark Ages, scientists, inventors and thinkers lived in total terror, fear and apprehension. These producers of knowledge and technological wonders were branded as heretics or enemies of God by the Catholic Church. It’s this evil Church of anti-reason and anti-man that ruled the world for more than 1,000 years. Look at the result of its brutal, genocidal rule. It is only proper to state that God and his spirit caused great misery to mankind for most of our history.
In just a very short period of 200 years, man achieved phenomenal success. It took the foundation of a free, secular society for the whole world to change for the better. For those who love life, liberty and happiness today, they should thank the United States of America, a society that single-handedly carried the world on its shoulders. America was a product of Aristotelian philosophy and the revival of reason. The Age of Enlightenment that started in the Dark Ages was a philosophical and intellectual revolt against religion and mysticism as a consequence of St. Thomas Aquinas’ revival of Aristotelian philosophy.
It is America that first introduced the concept of “separation of church and state” that ended centuries of religious wars. America’s government system- Republicanism, not Democracy- brought about rational legal and government principles, objective criminal justice system, and the most moral economic concept of Capitalism that revolutionized the world. Unknown to many, America was an affront to God. It was the first society on earth that rejected the concept of God and this is proved by the Federalist papers and the works of America’s great Founding Fathers.
But if there’s a single concept that brought economic, technological and scientific progress to America and the rest of the world, it is the political-economic concept of Capitalism. The system of capitalism is the first to respect and recognize individual rights. Capitalism is never based on the values of Christianity. In fact, it is incompatible with any religious doctrines or values. Capitalism holds that men are voluntary traders and it is based on the morality of self-interest, which is the opposite of religion’s code of ethics of altruism. Altruism, which is never synonymous to charity, holds that man is a sacrificial animal and that to be moral, man must put the interest of others above his own.
However, it is very unfortunate that some people in the United States, particularly the religious conservatives, are trying to revive the spirit of the Dark Ages in America by justifying that the superpower nation was founded on Christian values. They even attempt to marry capitalism with religion by equivocating that the primary justification of capitalism are such vague terms as social justice, common good, public welfare, among others. It is the Conservatives who are delivering America to destruction by failing to preach the virtue of capitalism and by asserting that their country was founded on the Christian faith.
Now take the disgusting case of the Texas Board of Education dominated by Conservatives and right wing religious nuts that try to re-write America’s history. The Texas Conservatives managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone.
The board’s far-right faction wielded their power to shape lessons on the civil rights movement, the U.S. free enterprise system and hundreds of other topics”:
– To avoid exposing students to “transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else,” the Board struck the curriculum’s reference to “sex and gender as social constructs.”
– The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”
– The Board refused to require that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”
– The Board struck the word “democratic” from the description of the U.S. government, instead terming it a “constitutional republic.”
What these Texas Conservatives did is far worse than the crime of treason. To cut Jefferson from a list of American figures is unthinkable. Jefferson was the “pen” of the American Revolution. It was this great man who wrote the greatest document ever conceived on earth- The Declaration of Independence, which was nearly desecrated by another religious Conservative, former US Pres. John F. Kennedy, who penned his disgusting Declaration of Interdependence. These religious right-wing nuts seemed to forget that we who love life, liberty and happiness owe our freedom and the freer world where we live today to Thomas Jefferson and his colleagues.
Those who try to revive the concept of God by reintroducing the union of church and state are trying to transport mankind to the evil realm of the Dark ages.