The other day, I ran across an article (sadly, didn’t save a link for it) that was about why young people were abandoning organized religion (churches.) What engaged with me was that the reasons cited were mostly ethical and moral, that they didn’t agree with their church/sect’s stand on some matter such as abortion, climate change, race, women and minority rights, evolution, politics, ….
What was conspicuously missing in the discussion was any disagreement on philosophical or theological grounds.
Of course, this omission could be due to the journalist who wrote the article being uninterested/unwilling/forbidden to address such. But somehow I doubt it.
One of the things that disturbs me strongly is how organized religion refuses to discuss the hard questions and instead foists them off on philosophers, who they then revile as too independent and objective.
Evidently only believers can be critical of a religion and they will not because they are believers.
That seems the basic definition of a self-licking ice cream cone.
Which is why I tend to avoid churches and organized religion. They’re businesses first and religions rather tardily.
I find it instructive that only – to my knowledge, admittedly limited – the Roman Catholic Church has ever addressed the existence of God in any structured way. Sadly, the results of that analysis are all compromised by the requirement of suspension of disbelief ab initio.
This raises the question of whether churches should be trusted with religion? The very Nature of the question seems self-answering since they cannot be trusted to answer accurately.
This all leads me to conjecture if this is how religions die. They do, how many people do you find worshiping the Greek Gods these days?
But do they die because they get so entrenched in a set of dogmas that eventually the evolving culture rejects them? Did the young people walk away from the Earth Mother sects?