Wow! What a topic. Personally, I am not a big fan of organized religion.
Thomas Jefferson said,
“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
And he also said,
“The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God. The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. … Reason and free enquiry are the only effectual agents against error.”
I believe in a Higher Power, Supreme Being, whether you call HIM/HER GOD, the GODDESS, Yahweh, Jehovah, or whatever doesn’t matter to me. Whether you are Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, or whatever doesn’t matter to me either. My relationship with “God” is my own and not up for debate. It’s personal. It’s mine.
My problem with organized religion stems from centuries of problems: The Crusades, the persecutions, the wars, the judgment, the revolutions, the killings in the name of God/church…
So I think I’ll stick with the 2 quotes from Thomas Jefferson as to where my religious views stand.
- Why God Opposes Religion (emdog.wordpress.com)
- Brian Leiter – “Should we respect religion?” (moreinterestingthings.com)
- Religion Stinks (dianasymons.com)