The Religious Transition To Secularism

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 8:42 AM

For several years now there has been a philosophical thought that religion hasn't really left most people. That it has been and is just transitioning to another form of religious ideology called secularism. When people leave the idea of "God" or whatever your version of God is, most instinctively replace it with something. Whether that something is fanatical atheism, radical feminism or perhaps something like environmentalism. I heard a good example of this described as: The Book of Revelation is very similar with Environmentalism in that they both share the belief in the End of Days. The difference between the two is that one has a redemption and the other doesn't. But fervent belief is felt by both groups of ideologues. 

Another comparison I've read is that when radical feminists have their primal scream (such as the one that went viral when Trump was elected) it is felt in much the same way as when religious zealouts speak in tongues. 

We all often mock the group Westboro Baptist Church and if you subscribe to the horseshoe theory we can easily plop antifa down into the other tip of the shoe. Both wish to shame, seek and destroy the heretic. The difference I suppose is that one uses signs and harassment and the other makes physical attacks destroys others' property.

I can see the argument being made and actually I largely agree with it. I've often used the same analogies myself. Just to note: Many of the people who ponder this idea are atheists themselves. There have been many studies at this point showing data to support their claims. Some even think that to hold an idea of a higher power is instinctive and that in the absence of one thing something else swooshes in the claim the void. Also claims that every atheist isn't just about nihilism like many people think.

So I think it's an interesting concept/idea/philosophy worth talking about.

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  • Thu, Feb 7, 2019 10:35 AM
    posted by CenterBHSFan

    Many of the people who ponder this idea are atheists themselves

    Is it possible that this argument is an attempt by atheists to claim the moral/intellectual high ground? "They have to believe in something and now that they can't/don't believe in god, they are clinging to something else" 

    Thu, Feb 7, 2019 11:38 AM
    posted by FatHobbit

    Is it possible that this argument is an attempt by atheists to claim the moral/intellectual high ground? "They have to believe in something and now that they can't/don't believe in god, they are clinging to something else" 

    It very well could be. I would guess that it is at least one of the reasons.

    Thu, Feb 7, 2019 5:32 PM

    I think there is something to what you say.  I think humans have a longing to connect with something greater than themselves.  Religion is an obvious answer.  But so are football teams,. rock bands, Apple computers, hometowns, political leanings, and for Cliff Clavinn the United States Postal Service.  

    Historically, religions had a monopoly on this because people simply did not know or understand a lot of what they saw or experienced.  As that has changed, religion is now only one place to go for answers.  I am not comparing the value of what someone receives at church versus an environmental rally - that's an individual question.  But both of those two examples provide people an explanation for uncertainty and a community of like-minded to belong to and feel safe with.  Both of these satisfy that urge to connect with a higher power.  

    So I guess what I'm saying is that as more people have more access to more information (not necessarily accurate information), there will be more options to fulfill this basic human desire.  

     

    I had never heard of horseshoe theory until I read your post.  I happen to agree with that.  But instead of a horseshoe, I see it as more of a complete circle and that, taken to it's logical conclusion, the entities become the same thing.  Regardless, it's a valid concept in my opinion.

     

    Great topic.  

    Fri, Feb 8, 2019 1:02 AM

    Wed, Feb 13, 2019 8:34 AM
    posted by Devils Advocate

    That sign is100% fact. I would add your thoughts and behavior does but it’s still true. 

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