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Having grown up an alter boy (not violated) who repeatedly enjoyed carrying the cross into the service and moving the book from the Epistle side of the alter to the gospel side, I came to realize that the essence of my attraction for that faith was the beautiful music and social connection and consistent ceremony. Examining the various creeds and doctrines and words of the songs, I grew up to find them fantastical and beyond belief—understandably fitting the needs of western humans before the Scientific Revolution and Age of Reason.
Today I am reverent and respectful of all respecting faiths AND I have come to believe this to understand the plethora of different faiths—which is supported by the Pugh survey:
There are many faiths espousing many different stories and explanations of the world and most participants DO NOT REALLY KNOW or CARE about what their specific religion espouses. Standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow worshipping friends feels good. This is why the Pugh Study showed such little knowledge of their faith. I now believe that all of the different human faiths exist because they meet these human needs:
- The need for social connection with a right-sized community of other people for stable social groups (tribes if you will) to celebrate the family events of our lives but especially births, coming of age, weddings, deaths, tragedies, as well as everyday goings on.
- The need of every human to be able to state a belief and feel right about it—we each have a need to be “right” because it allows us to “look good” to others. Hence, the arguments between people of different faiths. Just listen to the current guests arguing for their beliefs—even though they are being civil.
I find peace in this model and it seems to fit the way we humans are. (And, I like being “Right” about this!) Thank you for the good show.
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