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Anti-Intellectualism and Censored Religion

November 15th, 2012 | Posted by Lana Hope in World Religions

After yesterday’s post, I went on Frank Viola’s page and noticed his blog post “There is No Proof of God’s Existence.” No where in the post did he say he did not believe in God; he was merely pointing out that we can’t prove God’s existence. It was an honest answer, and I appreciated that.

Then I read the comments. This is what one lady says:

Please explain…you are a voice in Christendom and have a responsibility to us, especially when you publish. You leave the door open for those that are weak in faith and the non believer to the possiblity that God, of the bible, does not exist…it is the possibility that you have left open and that is not a Christian position. Jesus never said my Father possibly exists, or that possibly He spoke to the Moses or the prophets, etc..sorry…it is a curious response? :

Need I write more? She is nervous over honest, intellectual discussions because it might cause people to leave Christianity. I have already thought that about my blog here. I am basically writing about how hell (and other doctrine, I just haven’t gotten there yet) do not make sense, and I could potentially be responsible for helping people leave Christianity. But what is our alternative? 1) Ignore the calls of intellectuals but 2) blind fold them. ??? Protestants criticize the Church of  Martin Luther’s time for withholding the truth and keeping Bibles out of the lay person’s hands, but if the protestant church is not open to discussions about philosophy or science, then the church is censoring our minds.

I always compare western Christianity to Buddhism just because I live in a Buddhist country (in the North where I live, its 99% Buddhists, the south is different). For fun last year, I went around asking friends really hard questions about Buddhism, challenging people with how they know their religious techniques work or accomplish real results. Finally one person just told me, “you need to go talk to the monks” because no one had the answers (sound familiar???) I asked my friends if as kids, they ever asked their parents why they use X for the rituals. The response was always, “no.” [Maybe that shouldn’t astound me, but as a kid, I would ask my parents why we drank grape juice, etc.) Last week I told my other local friend that I’ve yet to find someone who asked their parents questions. She said,

Kids never ask questions. Its not something you ever do. Whatever the parents or teacher says is right. No one questions anything because they are afraid of being called stupid.

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  • Julie says:

    Ah, this reminds me of Christians fearing their children going to so-called liberal colleges. For a long time, I thought that was because the students might be brain washed, but I don’t think it is that at all. By that age – provided the student has been taught to think at all, they are more than capable of processing and ignoring the parts the professor says that doesn’t make sense to them. Ignorant statements can be passed off very easily, in fact.

    The issue is when the professor actually makes a valid point about something, too valid to simply turn the other way. Then the student is forced to think and reevaluate their beliefs.

    But what should be the alternative? Ignorance?

  • Lana Hope says:

    I am SO glad my Greek professor in college showed me what the Greek really said in some of the passages about women. At that point I was not ready to “listen.” But when I was, I remembered what he said

    I am SO glad my critical theory teacher made us spend a month reading the marxist philosophers. I hated it at first because it went against capitalism, but later I realized that the problems in capitalism were real. This did not mean communism solved them, but I was very glad that I did not remain in the dark in regards to the problems.

    Ignorance is never a good solution.

  • JW says:

    Lana, you mentioned being made to read about Marxist philosphers but how are their beliefs solving the problems that capitalism isn’t? Do they have a viable answer to society’s issues or do they just want to prove capitalism is bad?

    • Lana Hope says:

      There is disagreement. Not everyone agrees. While Marx believes in public education, Adorno writes in the Dialect of Enlightenment that public education changes a kids disposition and attitude so that the kid is content working in a factory for the rich. He writes that not only do the kids not get a good education, but the real danger is how school changes the mind to become content where you are at. Incidentally, Adorno writes also about movies were created to drawn OUT the pain from working at a factory.

      So the solution to some is communism and distributing the wealth. For others like Pol Pot, it was just kill all the educated class off, yikes. But the others, I think the solution is socialism, regulating the big business, etc. But I don’t think Adorno wrote a solution. I will be checking into that more for my blog.

    • Lana Hope says:

      Hi JW, I realized I did not read your comment closely. Sorry about that. If you are asking my opinion, not their opinion, no I do not think socialism is addressing all the problems capitalism does not solve. I just don’t think capitalism is perfect, and I do think factory workers are abused in the sake of capitalism. For example, wal-mart exploiting kids, paying them 10 cents an hour to make close in rooms without even a fan. Read my post today to see more of where I am coming from. I am not a socialists.

  • JW says:

    One of the shallow problems with Marxism is that it looks good on paper but it doesn’t take into account the human factor like capitalism does. Even with socialism everyone is equal and has a job. What more could someone want? Yet, that doesn’t mean much for productivity because some people love to work while others are lazy and don’t want to do anything. That weakness causes a stress in that system.
    Capitalism has its issues as well but it allows anyone with a dream to act upon it and possibly makes lots of money. On the flip side it can allow some to take advantage of others. In the end, I think I would rather live in a capitalistic country then a Marxist country. I don’t think there is a Marxist country that can be called ‘Great’.

    I don’t believe you are a socialist. I just cringe when I see some giving it too much respect if that makes sense?

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