If you don’t believe in miracles? You have no religion.
And by a ‘miracle’, I mean specifically that God can alter any of the supposedly well-understood laws of physics. At will. And sometimes? For no other purpose than to intervene in the affairs of men; among the least significant objects in the grand scheme of the universe.
For the past five hundred years, as the world has moved from Descartes to Hawking, human beings have been dancing around this essential problem; trying to develop alternative meanings to life with theories that make string theory look like primary school math. And all we’ve been doing is the theological equivalent of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
I think the reason there is such a current popularity in books about ‘living a moral life’ and ‘civic religion’ is because agnostics and atheists—as much as they may disdain belief in ‘The Flying Spaghetti Monster’, see real problems for society. They have no answer for a basic truth that Plato recognized 2,500 years ago: a people without religion cannot thrive.
All attempts from communism to have failed because so far? Without a higher power that people to which people feel accountable, societies just don’t do so great.
It’s a tough thing for non-believers to admit, but the facts bear it out. The only counter-arguments usually involve all the violence and evil committed in the name of religion. But truly fact-based people know this is bogus. Do people use any and[...]