Thursday, March 23, 2006
A Scientist Reflects on Religious Belief
I see the mainstream religious leaders just like the politicians. Most of them behave like any other broker. Politicians sell political votes, priests (or mullahs or any other religious broker) sell religious votes. They will do anything to hide this fact. This is the reason why they take the side of the state in almost all cases that really count. They will sell the rights of the minorities, like women wanting abortion or gays wanting to get married. Their doors are closed to the poor in the real sense, but they will give it lip service. They will do anything to please the state.
Mainstream religious institutions are extensions to the political parties which are the proxies of the state which is ruled by the rich and the powerful, very simple. When a revolution happens, it doesn't take too long for the rich to take control again. It didn't take too long for the Russian elite to take control and started killing the opposition. A religious-political revolution seems to have happened by the birth of Christ, as a reaction to the Roman Empire. But it didn't take too long before Romans adopted Christianity and modified it to suit their ends. Similar things happened to all mainstream religions. Imperialist Arabs adopted Islam didn't they?
When a scientist adopts a mainstream religion, he commits intellectual suicide. God is beyond all horizons but right within you at the same time. You don't need to adopt the political philosophy of the ignorant masses to reach God. Don't forget what they did to Galileo.