Notes on Religion

This is not meant to be a rational or fully proper post. Rather these are just my uniformed thoughts on religion, Christianity, and so on that I have been having lately. If this post seems like it has little order, chances are that is the way it was meant to be.

The Way We Think

Modern Western man implicitly assumes, that basically, the scientific method is the highest form of proof and human understanding. Now, obviously we don’t always practice this, as plenty of people believe that race has no biological implications (for instance), but the pretense of science and solid observations lives on.

On the one hand, this way of thinking has obvious merits. The earth is quite obviously not 6000 years old. Man did not ride on T-Rex. Mixing too much hardener into your resin can cause a fire. Thousands of hours of human thought and calculation and design of a highly accurate nature goes into everything from civil engineering, to programming, to machining metal parts. We know this method is at least partially true because we see the reality everyday, and in obvious technical pursuits, the scientific method, and putting our faith in the numbers, more often than not is the only way to do things.

But humanity is not a resin and a hardener. And not everything can be observed and recorded in a controlled setting.

You can prove that the earth is not 6000 years old. You cannot prove for certain that god does not exist, or that Jesus did not actually do miracles. How many times have you had a soft intuition, some innate knowledge that doing this over that would be a better course of action? Only to get shafted by going purely by the numbers? By the numbers, I would have been better off getting a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering, but I find trade school to be a socially, mentally, economically, and even spiritually replenishing experience. The numbers say that I should want more money to end up a blue collar redneck.

But why not be a blue collar redneck? To me it is a similar question with the god issue. We cannot prove that some type of god does not exist. Everything in our social and personal psychology screams out for a god figure. Intuitively, it seems right, and we would spend more energy trying to disprove god than trying to prove him/it.

This goes back to how we think. Scientific thinking has its uses, but even in our materiel lives, we do not literally distill everything into a controlled environment consisting of hard recorded data. How many of you chose your education or job based on the US Department of Labor Occupational Handbook? The bridges may work with scientific thinking, but look at our people today. Directionless, increasingly amoral and immoral, and dysfunctional. These people will not function no matter how many facts you load them up with about STD’s, or genetic reproductive desires.

We need something higher, or we are permanently doomed. But here I am an optimist, I personally believe god exists. To be a reactionary really means to reject a l of fundamental modernism, including this fetishism of positive, hard data proofs of everything. At some level, on the issue of truth, perhaps a partial reconnecting with our more inner natures is in order. People and societies are not bridges. They are not software programs. And even if they were, there is a whole other issue of what is our world perception? Does what we see actually occur? But those questions are best answered by people much smarter and wiser than me, and I am sure have been asked in the thousands of years of western philosophical history.

Basically, to provide a summary to this, the fact that a lot of people need science as a god speaks to something so fundamental in our nature as humans. Maybe we would do best not to ignore this desire and drive for good.

And for those who suggest all Christianity (Or really, any religion) is a load of anti science, made up bull, I would direct you to Argent Templar’s wonderful apologetics series.

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Andrew Martyanov

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