Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Religion and Intelligent People

Nasir Khan, October 28, 2015

“I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.”

― English author Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Human intelligence is also profoundly interesting. It can search for the deepest ‘mysteries’ surrounding our lives and guide us along the paths of knowledge and wisdom. But when it comes to Religion, something incredible happens with it. It gives up any pretensions to independent inquiry and starts repeating what goes against all rational thinking. We may call it the miracle of Religion. 

By the way, by intelligence, I mean intelligent people, not some bodiless phantoms floating in the air! Intelligence is a necessary condition for the wisdom to arise, but something more is needed. Analytical philosophers point to critical thinking. 

But why to bother about questioning and critical thinking that go against all the established norms and patterns of thought that have been traditionally handed down to us? Perhaps that explains something for some of us; however, many intelligent religionists have their own universe.

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