July 14, 2005

And furthermore...

It is strange to think that even in the 21st century, there is a debate in the U.S. about the validity of the theory of evolution. And that we are governed by people who believe in the literal truth of the Bible.

Here is an excerpt from a letter sent to the International Herald Tribune referring to this anomaly:

How many children have AIDS because of a bizarre and tragic doctrine about condoms? How many people -- including those in the London bombings --continue to die in the name of superstitious dogmas? It is time for humanity to put behind us the dangerous pre-scientific beliefs of our ancestors and, with a combination of compassion and reason, use our vastly increased understanding of how we got here to make this world a better place.

Not that I have all that much faith in science or scientists, nor would I dismiss all pre-scientific beliefs and practices, but I do think that a proper response to religious fundamentalism/dogmatism is one of the big koans of our times. To "compassion" and "reason" I would add "continuing search for truth."

Posted by mandragore at 09:24 AM | Comments (2)