By Robert A. Vella
“… I think we are in the dawn of an age where much of what we ‘needed’ to explain away with the supernatural is now explained by science. In addition, our culture has shifted from comprising relatively small local ‘tribes’ to one of global reach. With these changes, the primary benefit of religion has shifted from uniting us to dividing us. The disaster that religion wreaks, in today’s climate, far outweighs its benefit.”
What danicanallen essentially asserted is that religion is incompatible with our technocratic, globalized modern civilization. Indeed, religion has always been effectively divisive, tribal, and warlike regardless of any benevolent precepts it officially espouses. Actions speak louder than words, and history does matter… very much so.
At the crux of the Abrahamic religions‘ foundations, the world’s total human population did not exceed 300 million. Today, it is more than 25 times that number. Back then, when Rome ruled the western Old World, its activities were no more than rumor in East Asia and Africa, and were unheard of in the New World and Pacific. Wars, and other deadly conflicts, were confined regionally. The tragic hostilities of the Punic Wars, for example, had no effect on China or Japan who were busy conducting their own hostilities. Where death and destruction decimated local populations, more distant peoples had opportunities to prosper.
Now, such respites are few and far between. We humans are no longer isolated. We live in an integrated, globalized society having shared forms of communication, economics, politics, and increasingly culture. What happens in the East will surely affect the West; and, because of technology, it will do so almost instantaneously. Therefore, any source of societal division is highly problematic be it related to ethnicity, ideology, or any other contrived difference between peoples.