09 November 2007

Faith, not religion

The Economist's "In God's name: A special report on religion and public life" (November 3) consistently refers to "religion" rather than "faith" — and rightly so. If you seek to understand the force that drives hatred, wars, and persecution, then it's religion you're looking at, not faith.

Religion builds empires; faith builds integrity. Religion justifies itself; faith is quietly secure. Religion divides; faith unites. Religion crusades against the infidel; faith loves the infidel. Religion avenges atrocities; faith forgives atrocities. Religion does what is "right", no matter who it hurts; faith does what is "right", now matter how it hurts.

Modern secularism does not understand the difference. In trying to eliminate the destructive influence of religion, they seek to eliminate faith. It cannot be done. One thing the Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, animist and atheist all have in common, is that they all have faith.

Of course, it matters where you place your faith. If your faith is in yourself, then you will only serve yourself. If your faith is in humanity, then you will be disappointed. If your faith is in someone who slaughtered his enemies, then you will be a warrior. If your faith is someone who died for his enemies, then you will change the world.

If secularists truly desire to curb the impact of religion, they need to give up their hypocrisy, and admit that their religion is no better than anyone else's. Then they need to work on becoming people of faith, and encouraging others to do the same.

1 comment:

Ross_Judy said...

Kudos! I could not have said it better myself!

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