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Our New Godless Religions

JesusOur newest religion is to question everything – nothing can be absolute – everything is relative. To say otherwise is heresy. To make an exclusive claim is to succumb to hisses and disdain. To claim your religion is the one true religion is seen as narrow-minded and archaic. All religions, this new belief system argues, are equally valid.

The trouble is that this belief system poses a new truth claim – “all religions are equally valid.” Or, put another way, none can claim the exclusive Truth.

Is this new Truth, true? Are all religions equally valid?

They can’t be. Some religions believe in human sacrifice. Or, are we really going to argue that the Branch Davidians are equal to, say, Judaism? Christianity is often given a hard time for it’s exclusive claims to the Truth. What the objectors fail to recognize is that their own Truth claim is an absolute – i.e., religions can’t say they have the exclusive Truth.

This new religion discredits the religious for believing in an absolute by arguing another absolute. I hear some very smart people getting caught up in this. Rather than look at the evidence, historical, religious, or otherwise, they’ll ask something like, “Isn’t it arrogant to say that Jesus is the only way? Isn’t that exclusive?” The same question can be asked to the questioner. “Isn’t it arrogant to presume he’s not without first discovering who Jesus is? Isn’t it exclusive to claim you have a superior truth to Jesus?” Perhaps you think he’s not the real deal, or that no one can really know. Tim Keller puts it this way, “Don’t tell me I’m exclusive. I’m no more exclusive than you are!”

The point, of course, is that we’re all exclusive – some are more willing, or able, to admit it than others.

The following poem was written over 70 years ago by a guy named, Arthur Guiterman. It comes from a book, Gaily The Troubadour, published in 1936. It illustrates the progression of modern science, our reliance on it for nearly everything, as well as the development of a new belief system.

Here’s the poem:

First dentistry was painless;
Then bicycles were chainless
And carriages were horseless
And many laws, enforceless.
Next, cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless
And coffee, caffeinless.
Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy hatless,
The proper diet, fatless,
Now motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religions, godless.

Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson

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  1. That is a complete strawman of science’s position. Let me know when you’re ready to argue logically.

  2. Well… religion is about taking things on faith, for a start. Science is about not doing that. Also, there’s a huge difference between all religions being equally as valid on a MORAL level (which is not what science is claiming) and them all being equally valid on a HISTORICAL level (which is what science is claiming.)

    • Ted Olson says:

      Thanks Sia – great points. To be clear, the post does not set up a scientific case. Rather, it calls out what many, who are perhaps on the fence about God, say about the exclusive claims of religion. We all makes claims – whether based on empirical evidence, faith, or both. It’s important we recognize our bias and the framework of our positions.

      What are your sources for the historical equality. What’s the scientific argument on this?

      Thanks for the great comments and conversation.
      Ted

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