Posts Tagged ‘Benefits of Religion’

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“Religions merit our attention for their sheer conceptual ambition; for changing the world in a way that few secular institutions ever have. They have managed to combine theories about ethics and metaphysics with a practical involvement in education, fashion, politics, travel, hostelry, initiation, ceremonies, publishing, art and architecture – a range of interests which puts to shame the scope of achievements of even the greatest and most influential secular movements and individuals in history.”
-Alain de Botton, (Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion, 18)


Well said. The rise of Scientism has obscured the long held value of metaphysics and the ethics of religion-especially Christianity. Even science has unprovable presuppositions that are based on philosophy, logic, or metaphysics. It is historically arrogant to dismiss metaphysics and theology as a foundational science, simply because we think we know better now because of science. Scientific inquiry will only be beneficial so far. It can never lead to moral improvement, or the appreciation of truth, beauty, or the good. It can never lead beyond the beginning of the universe. It can never lead to the universal cry for meaning and purpose in life. It can only lead to despair.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams