Odin sacrificed an eye, trading eyesight for insight, and disguised as Vegtam the Wanderer, traveled the world in quest of the wisdom of the ages. I have the eye sacrifice part covered. I'll get back to you when that wisdom thing kicks in.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Comparative Religions 101

In general, I think that religion is irrational and a destructive element in society. So why am I posting this? I dunno, but I found it interesting. From the Boston Post:

"At least since the first petals of the counterculture bloomed across Europe and the United States in the 1960s, it has been fashionable to affirm that all religions are beautiful and all are true. This claim, which reaches back to “All Religions Are One” (1795) by the English poet, printmaker, and prophet William Blake, is as odd as it is intriguing. No one argues that different economic systems or political regimes are one and the same. Capitalism and socialism are so self-evidently at odds that their differences hardly bear mentioning. The same goes for democracy and monarchy. Yet scholars continue to claim that religious rivals such as Hinduism and Islam, Judaism and Christianity are, by some miracle of the imagination, both essentially the same and basically good."  More


Anonymous said...

You'd make your grandparents "proud"! with a post such as this.....

Gunnar Berg said...

See Rule No.1

Echelon 133 said...

All religions maybe good, but the people that believe in them are not perfect. This make the religion bad. How many conflicts were base on religious values? You don't have enough fingers and toe's to count em'

I being Lutheran just have to look back to Martin Luther to prove my point (See: Church door, Wittenburg, Ger. 1517)

Anonymous said...

"I'd rather be lost....then following nothing..."

Jorma Kaukonen


Rick Moffat

Justine Valinotti said...

Great post (as usual), Gunnar!

I think the key is to respect other people's beliefs. As the article points out, contriving commonalities between faiths--or other endeavors, such as sports--ultimately distorts and even trivializes them.

Gunnar Berg said...

Thanks Justine. As always, your comments are insightful.