“Faith from religion affects right thinking.”This should be it. Let me ignore the other varying atrocities (anti-polio vaccination, spread of AIDs out of doctrines against the use of contraception, paedophilia, extortion, terrorism, discrimination, division, violence, et cetera) perpetrated in the name of religion for the mean time. The problem I have with religion deals wth faith. Believing in spite of. That’s a great problem, it tells us to ignore evidence, the very facts and observations presented in support of an assertion. For instance, the Ptolemaic/Aristotelian theory that believed the earth to be the centre of our cosmos with all other heavenly bodies orbitting around it was adopted by authority, the universal catholic church at the time, all because the theory was in accordance to scripture, thus, made way for other unreachable outskirts of heaven and hell. Now, you will not imagine the number of people that still held to this theory regardless of the Corpenican alternative (that the earth and other planets rather orbitted around the sun) just because faith was in support of initial theory. We are now certain that Polish priest, Nicholas Copernicus was right at 1514 because of how developed scientific education has become. Regardless, there’s still a long way to go with scientific education.
Another case will be that of the age of earth, science tells us its about 4.55 billion years through observational evidence of expansion received in relation to the big bang theory, radio signals from space (cosmic hissing background sound indicating the left over of energy from the big bang) and dating techniques used in analysing fossils. The Bible tells us our world is only 6000 years, thus, genealogically calculating through literal accounts from scripture. Why is it not so easy to dismiss an assertion made by a book against the facts presented from evidence? Its basically because of faith. And just as it happened in the 14th to 15th Century, people still question the big bang in favor of creationism. I do not know how long it’ll take scientific education to clear this form of ignorance that does not even spare billions of literates in the university.
I cannot run from the Galilean fact on how spherical the earth was, contrary to what the church purported. Again, many dismissed the reality of Galileo for the falacy of the church all in the name of “scripture is always right“. “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.”- Revelation 7:1 Again, we see faith poisoning gazillions of individual thought. Galileo’s intelligibility of our earth’s shape through observations from his telescope was not just questioned, he was charged with heresy, that which had an earthly eternal punishment of life imprisonment. Again, a man of truth, died a perpetrator of one of the most hideous crimes of his time, all because of faith.
Natural Teleology (popularised by German philosopher, Immanuel Kant in the late 18th century) attaches purpose to everything on earth. It goes like this; God created our eyes to see, ears made to hear and legs meant to serve the need for movement. If teleology is true, it’ll simply mean that our brains are meant to think. Why will God create brains to be useless? That seems a useless thing to do. But faith does it so well, it convinces people by the billions to ignore the essence of thinking for the benefits of faith, that which I call “believing in spite of zero evidence“. Its a problem. We need more thinkers to make our world a better place. I’m not going further into the problem on Darwinian evolution, I am certain that by now, some readers with a conservative fundamentalist worldview would have stuck up their fingers in the ears, closed their eyes with an opaque lense to ignore reality just because it was located on the other side, contrary to what they feel is true and not necessarily, what they think to be true.
This is the belief I have that most people will not agree with.
Achaab Daniel ABALANSA