Mon, Apr 28, 2008
It actually isn't the same schtick, different century. One of the primary aims of every religion has been understanding the REASON for BEING and existence. This process afforded to us by sentience, imagination, logic, contemplation, and intelligence has taken myriad forms. There are of course similarities and "perennial wisdom" (coined by Aldous Huxley) although the view has been changing for quite some time. Part of the work of future generations will be making meaning out of our ever expanding view of the "Kosmos" (term used often by integral philosopher Ken Wilber) in an "integral" way.
What we are seeing now is often an attempt of old philosophies and religions updating themselves with newer information. Is this good? Yes. Why? Because if you think religion should merely be erased from the planet and the minds of all humans then you have no clue of what you're actually talking about or the role that religion has played in human societal/cultural/technological/everything evolution.
Religion will never go away, it will transform. And what it transforms into will be very interesting to witness indeed and has everything to do with what we want in the future and what we hope to accomplish in space. I'm not preaching anything here, I hope I'm just stating what's obvious.