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By Chad Mercree

Buddhism blossoms from the phrases and lifetime of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Buddhism is a philosophy, now not a faith, and billions of individuals version their lifestyle at the peaceable and compassionate teachings of the Buddha. he isn't worshipped as a god, yet particularly revered as a daily individual who rediscovered a life-style that resulted in the top of his anguish and confusion concerning the apparent tragedy of the realm. Buddha's phrases and teachings proceed to steer society in optimistic methods via encouraging us all to develop happiness and peace from within.

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We see this in Christian initiations: baptism (cleansing of the soul; forgiveness of sins; a renewed life), communion (a union with Christ), and confirmation (reaffirmed commitment to Christ). Even in Buddhist rites of passage this symbolism is retained. The Buddha taught the way of dying to the profane human condition—ignorance and suffering—and being reborn to the freedom and bliss of Nirvana. Myths, Rituals, and Modern Man Secularists today, of course, will say: It’s all well and good that myths and rituals provide religious people with a feeling of transcendent purpose—but it’s based on untruth; it’s all factually incorrect.

I have serious doubts about this claim. ” How does that inspire anyone to be more compassionate and charitable? ” In fact, Dawkins has further stated, “If you wish to build a society in which individuals co-operate generously towards a common good, you can expect little help from 43 An Atheist Defends Religion biological nature. ” For over 100 years, Darwinism was associated with a particularly harsh and unpleasant view of human nature. And as we have seen historically, social Darwinism has deleterious implications.

In Eliade’s terms, the mundane or secular is the “profane” dimension of existence and we have little “sacred” to turn to for elevation or inspiration. Can Science Replace Religious Myth? Science has proposed a creation story of its own. And the great advantage of this story, atheists like Richard Dawkins will tell us, is that it is matter-of-fact true. No need for fiction or falsity. Furthermore, the scientific creation story is thoroughly awesome and fascinating. A truncated version of the scientific creation theory goes like this.

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