I got this article from someone on the Peugeot e-mail list. It’s amazing the lengths to which people will go for a sense of belonging. I mean… marrying your Miata?! It seems a far cry from religion, but it’s not so different after all. As we become more deeply entrenched in our scientific-minded world, these kinds of situations begin to crop up. People have needed to believe something since they started drawing on the cavern walls, and if they can’t find it in science or religion, they’ll find it somewhere else. Science may make a whole lot more sense, but it doesn’t offer much comfort to many people. We talk about it in my anthropology class, human past, and my wine & spirits class (you’d be surprised how much the subject of religion comes up when you’re talking about booze). Everything from “creation science” to Dyonisian revels and it all comes back to the same subject. We’re trying to kill god, but then what?
Now I am not one to be promoting religion. It has been a long time since I found comfort in the idea that there was some deity that created the world to be just like this. But I definitely think there is something to be said for the notion that we still need religion. Science is cold comfort when you are pondering the whys and not the hows of the world.