Modeling the Future of Religion in America | Portside

Since the 1990s, large numbers of Americans have left Christianity to join the growing ranks of U.S. adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” This accelerating trend is reshaping the U.S. religious landscape, leading many people to wonder what the future of religion in America might look like.

Source: Modeling the Future of Religion in America | Portside

 World history, the eonic effect, and ‘religion’

The famous and eloquent passage on religion by Marx tends to disguise its misanalysis of religion. The latter is not a simple entity to ‘analyze’ and while secular humanism rightly attempts liberation from false religion it does notion general find its true understanding.
Here the eonic model can help to see that in the classical era religions emerged in the context of the ‘evolution of civilization, often deviating from their starting points to social ideologies with political aspects of domination. But that does not really justify the reductionist assumptions said to liberated thought from ‘religion’. The result was imply inadequate as an analysis of religion as such, here meant perhaps the case of the very weak and distorted Christianity of the era after Constantine. The evolution of man has always generated vehicles to deal with his unique, and uniquely confusing psychology with its ambiguities of ‘consciousness’.

Karl Marx, in A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1843), famously said: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.”

Source: Marx, Spinoza, and the Political Implications of Contemporary Psychiatry – CounterPunch.org

history and design inference…//The Success of Mathematics in Advancing Intelligent Design: A Guide to Reading Jason Rosenhouse – Bill Dembski

This is a fascinating essay addressing the Rosenhouse attack on Dembski. Although I do not reject out of hand the issues of design inference, in fact taking them in a slightly different way without the mathematics, I might caution design theorists of the stakes involved: the religious right given license for design arguments would in principle create a theocracy beyond science that makes a skeptic of design arguments a sinner condemned to hell. If scientists frantically attack design arguments it is because history shows the outcome of fuzzy design thinking in the Old Testament and the devolution into crude theism (where originally ‘god’ was nameless), religious dogma and global religion. Continue reading “history and design inference…//The Success of Mathematics in Advancing Intelligent Design: A Guide to Reading Jason Rosenhouse – Bill Dembski”

 The Christian fraud: an exit strategy?

The American Christian spectrum of churches is in grave danger, as is global Christianity, despite its remaining hold in many areas of globalizing modernity. The secular tide is inexorable, and yet the American case seems an exception as a hideous right-wing brand or brands seems to be on the increase. Sociologists by and large, as far as I can tell, seem to be documenting otherwise, but whatever the case the long-range of history suggests the growing tide of ‘secularism’, and the progressive passing away of Christianity, however regressive the American case might be. It is doubtful to me that the right could do more than a temporary come back followed by renewed waning. One good reason among others is the sheer poverty of the evangelical abortion of religion, with theory and the right to own arms mixed up a toxic brew that can do little but create theological cripples. Continue reading ” The Christian fraud: an exit strategy?”