Saturday, December 19, 2009

God knows why faith is thriving 上苍懂得信仰的涵义与成长

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陈凯一语: Kai Chen's Words:

共产(纳粹)无神论并不是让人没有信仰,而是让人信仰“以政府为上帝/救星的无神教条”。 我从不相信一个将政府置于上苍/神之上或等同于救星的社会会有人的尊严与自由。 我们个体并不为“人或群体(政府)”所创。 我们个体的尊严与自由乃上苍/神所赋。 --- 陈凯

Communist/Socialist/Nazist proclamation of atheism is not aimed at destroying faith from human society. It is aimed at establishing a perverted faith of government as God/Savior over society. I, with my common sense, have long concluded that it is logically impossible for a society that takes government as God/Savior of the people for each individual in it to have liberty and dignity. Our rights (dignity and liberty) as human beings come only from God Almighty, not from some self-claimed Saviors such as government or majority of a collective. --- Kai Chen


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God knows why faith is thriving 上苍懂得信仰的涵义与成长

Dinesh D'Souza

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A group of leading atheists is puzzled by the continued existence and vitality of religion.

As biologist Richard Dawkins puts it in his new book "The God Delusion," faith is a form of irrationality, what he terms a "virus of the mind." Philosopher Daniel Dennett compares belief in God to belief in the Easter Bunny. Sam Harris, author of "The End of Faith" and now "Letter to a Christian Nation," professes amazement that hundreds of millions of people worldwide profess religious beliefs when there is no rational evidence for any of those beliefs. Biologist E.O. Wilson says there must be some evolutionary explanation for the universality and pervasiveness of religious belief.

Actually, there is. The Rev. Ron Carlson, a popular author and lecturer, sometimes presents his audience with two stories and asks them whether it matters which one is true.

In the secular account, "You are the descendant of a tiny cell of primordial protoplasm washed up on an empty beach 3 1/2 billion years ago. You are a mere grab bag of atomic particles, a conglomeration of genetic substance. You exist on a tiny planet in a minute solar system in an empty corner of a meaningless universe. You came from nothing and are going nowhere."

In the Christian view, by contrast, "You are the special creation of a good and all-powerful God. You are the climax of His creation. Not only is your kind unique, but you are unique among your kind. Your Creator loves you so much and so intensely desires your companionship and affection that He gave the life of His only son that you might spend eternity with him."

Now imagine two groups of people -- let's call them the Secular Tribe and the Religious Tribe -- who subscribe to one of these two views. Which of the two is more likely to survive, prosper and multiply? The religious tribe is made up of people who have an animating sense of purpose. The secular tribe is made up of people who are not sure why they exist at all. The religious tribe is composed of individuals who view their every thought and action as consequential. The secular tribe is made up of matter that cannot explain why it is able to think at all.

Should evolutionists like Dennett, Dawkins, Harris and Wilson be surprised, then, to see that religious tribes are flourishing around the world? Across the globe, religious faith is thriving and religious people are having more children. By contrast, atheist conventions only draw a handful of embittered souls, and the atheist lifestyle seems to produce listless tribes that cannot even reproduce themselves.

Russia is one of the most atheist countries in the world, and there abortions outnumber live births 2 to 1. Russia's birth rate has fallen so low that the nation is now losing 700,000 people a year. Japan, perhaps the most secular country in Asia, is also on a kind of population diet: its 130 million people are expected to drop to around 100 million in the next few decades. And then there is Europe. The most secular continent on the globe is decadent in the literal sense that its population is rapidly shrinking. Lacking the strong Christian identity that produced its greatness, atheist Europe seems to be a civilization on its way out. We have met Nietzsche's "last man" and his name is Sven.

Traditionally, scholars have tried to give an economic explanation for these trends. The general idea is that population was a function of affluence. Sociologists noted that as people and countries became richer, they had fewer children. Presumably, primitive societies needed children to help in the fields, and more-prosperous societies no longer did. From this perspective, religion was explained as a phenomenon of poverty, insecurity and fear, and many pundits predicted that with the spread of modernity and prosperity, religion would fade away.

The economic explanation is now being questioned. It was never all that plausible anyway. Undoubtedly, poor people are more economically dependent on their children, but on the other hand, rich people can afford more children. Wealthy people in America today tend to have one child or none, but wealthy families in the past tended to have three or more children. The real difference is not merely in the level of income. The real difference is that in the past, children were valued as gifts from God, and now they are viewed by many people as instruments of self-gratification. The old principle was, "Be fruitful and multiply." The new one is, "Have as many children as enhance your lifestyle."

The prophets of the disappearance of religion seem to have proven themselves to be false prophets. Even though the world is becoming richer, religion seems to be getting stronger. The United States is the richest and most technologically advanced society in the world, and religion shows no signs of disappearing on these shores. China and India are growing in affluence, and the Chinese government is not exactly hospitable to religion, yet religious belief and practice continue to be strong in both countries. Europe's best chance to grow in the future seems to be to import more religious Muslims. While Islam spreads in Europe and elsewhere, Christianity is spreading even faster in Africa, Asia and South America. Remarkably, Christianity will soon become a non-Western religion with a minority presence among Europeans.

My conclusion is that it is not religion but atheism that requires a Darwinian explanation. It seems perplexing why nature would breed a group of people who see no purpose to life or the universe, indeed whose only moral drive seems to be sneering at their fellow human beings who do have a sense of purpose. Here is where the biological expertise of Dawkins and his friends could prove illuminating. Maybe they can turn their Darwinian lens on themselves and help us understand how atheism, like the human tailbone and the panda's thumb, somehow survived as an evolutionary leftover of our primitive past.

Dinesh D'Souza's new book "The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11" will be published in January by Doubleday. He is the Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Contact us at 1c.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

陈凯,我赞同你的观点。

中共邪党从它成立以来,就一直向中华百姓灌输无神论,蒙蔽欺骗民众,推翻所有宗教信仰,对宗教信徒进行残酷迫害。并且在民众之中树立邪党就是神,邪党就是民众的活菩萨,中华百姓所拥有的一切都是邪党恩赐的,那怕只是暂时的拥有。在中国没有什么是个体私有的。无论是土地、財产,甚至是人的生死人的思想灵魂都不属于个体个人的。是属于国家的,国家是什么?党就是国家。

现在的美国也一样,正在走向堕落,无论是道德观、精神的文明理念、宗教信仰都与上帝的教导背道而驰。包括我自己连基本的诚实都做不好,我个人首先就要反省。只要能去反省,心中便会一切都坦然了!你的话:“我可以追求自由和幸福,你也可以!”一直都在鼓励着我。上个礼拜天,我到教会崇拜,一个弟兄指着我对其他人说:“他是反共的,小心跟他在一起被人拍照。”我当时心里很难过。甚至连有的牧师“提醒”我政教要分离。我从不向任何人隐瞒我反共,我是公开的。所以,很多人都疏远我,认为我可怕。这是多么悲哀。我知道这条路注定是孤独的!
无论以后怎么样,我无悔!

Liao