The Internet and Religion
July 20, 2008 4 Comments
One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh. -Robert A. Heinlein
I was thinking today (something I studiously try to avoid), and thought back to the mid 90’s when I would occasionally argue with some Christians about God, the Bible, and religion in general.
It was tough at that time, because although I knew what the Christians were pushing was phony and tremendously wrong, I had no ammunition, no information about the depths of the Christian deceit. All my research on religious matters was tough as I was also trying to make a living and support a pretty big family. Because of what the subject matter was about, I pretty much did it sporadically, as I didn’t want to cause any commotion at home.
All of that started to change in late 1996 or early1997 when we got Internet access, and I started to find so much relevant information online. Argument I had never even thought about, information to give support to my position on the silliness of Noah’s flood and the Tower of Babel, and the age of the earth, Adam and Eve, and the beginnings of the Christian faith. All was suddenly clear…these feelings I had about the wrongness of their concepts and beliefs…I intuitively knew they were wrong, but now I had access to real scientific papers and people that were doing actual research on matters I was interested in. I could finally know the subjects with some confidence, I could argue from knowledge, not from some vague feeling that their theology was crazy.
I am thinking that the humongous amount of information now available to atheists, agnostics and wavering Christians is slowly turning the tide of religion. The evidence, available to all with a computer and Internet connection, is now so overwhelming that the Bible is wrong. We can, if we want, disprove just about anything thrown at us by religious fanatics. The thick fog of myth and false magic is slowly dissipating, the more knowledge we accumulate about the ball and chain of religion, the more we know of its falseness.
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