America had a long standing missionary tradition which prevailed in large amounts well into the 20th Century. You know, many well intentioned folks set off abroad, going to the heathens in “developing” countries and bringing, as the put down phase noted, “the heathens to the light”—meaning of course to Jesus Christ.
These faithful emissaries also brought useful things like better medical care and often a genuine wish to improve the perceived poor living conditions of their intended targets.
Then of course there were horrific situations of rapacious invasions by foreign powers not for uplifting but for sheer exploitation as in King Leopold’s Belgian Congo, which Joseph Conrad immortalized in his classic novelette, “Heart of Darkness”.
Now with the astonishing enlightenment of space exploration, we can see our universe as never before. Astronomers have observed the comings and goings of celestial bodies so that they can gainsay that the life of our solar system will surely be limited as in the myriad of other cases they have seen. One estimate is that our system only has another 5 billion years before its “demise”. That end of course will simply be to transfer the existing matter here somewhere into another space where for more billions of years it will circulate.
Seems like that puts a new view on all religious beliefs now extant on our planet.
Seems like that gives humans a chance to refigure how we want to spend that time.
Seems like with the present level of religious induced conflict the chance of that is nearly zero.
And yet here we are connected on this tiny planet by our electronic revolution better than ever. We could in the biblical sense reconstitute the Tower of Babel. From the Bible (you pick the version as there are many—see Newsweek January 2-9, 2015):
New International Version (NIV)
The Tower of Babel
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
This story biblical scholars tell us is a parable about too much human pride. Which brings me (at long last, you say!) to the point of my piece.
The main conceit of humanity has been and remains the belief that any particular religious belief is the only one. Yes, we are fingering the monotheistic male dominated religions of the world.
My humble computer gets about 100 messages daily from the ether of all kinds, but among them are always messages from groups such as LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report, offering “Top Stories”, such as the headlines from its 6/2/14 email.
- Shocking Government Study Put Lives of Premature Babies at Risk
- Their Daughter Only Lived 118 Days, But She Brought Them Closer to Eternity
- Obama Admin Willing to Hand Over Terrorists But Has No Time for Meriam Ibrahim
- Pro-Abortion Vandal Hangs “Aborted Baby Jesus Dolls” Throughout Hobby Lobby Store
More Pro-Life News
- Ryan’s Mom Was Raped at 12, But He’s Glad He Wasn’t Killed in an Abortion
- Nurse Fired for Refusing to Participate in Abortions Files Lawsuit Against the Government
- Ancient Egyptian Mummy of Unborn Baby Shows a Respect for Life, My How Far We’ve Come
- This Young Mother’s Story Imagining Life If She Had Chosen Abortion Will Move You to Tears
- Does Your Local Hospital Do Abortions? It’s Time to Find Out and Take Action
- Men and Abortion: The Taboo Topic That Deserves More Attention
- Newborn Kidnapped From Hospital Saved By Four Teens Thanks To Facebook
- Pro-Lifers Shocked That Britain Allows Midwives to Do Abortions
- Court Lets Planned Parenthood Put Women’s Lives at Risk With Dangerous Abortion Drug
- British Govt Claims Creating Human Embryos With Three Parents is Perfectly Safe
- Quebec Bill Requires Doctors to Kill Patients Via Euthanasia or Refer to One Who Will
- New Jersey Legislature to Hold Hearing on Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide
- Former HBO Director Making Pro-Abortion Film Hailing Courageous “Abortion Doctors”
Out of their own mouths the above list of news from these religious sources make my case. These missionaries for increased human suffering would seek to impose on our secular governance their extreme religious positions. And many times they have succeeded.
Not to single out just one of these religious monsters, as there are many who know they are communicating directly with God, whoever he or she may be, this tidal wave of violence rises, obviously abetted by the rise of human numbers from 2 billion in 1930 to well over 7 billion now with the prospect of 10 or more billion by the end of this century, which likely will precipitate planetary disruptions previously unseen.
We need but to throw in the urgently real prospect of global warming, precipitated by our unsustainable use of fossil fuels and we seem caught in a vicious circle which seems to offer little hope for resolution sans massive human offings.
The urgency for secular sanity that points to governments not impacted by religious dominance has never been so great.
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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