Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Skull Pilot, Mar 27, 2010.
Lionel Tiger: Is the Supernatural Only Natural? - WSJ.com
I'm upset I read that whole damn thing. I was hoping it would have been worth it.
I found it interesting as I have always thought that religion was nothing but a mental construct designed as a psychological coping mechanism
Religion is the organized attempt to justify the indefensible. That is very different from what we label as "religious" on the personal level. The op article purposefully creates that conceptual confusion to make the conclusion seem stronger.
Only After considering Curvelight's comment about reading the article, I decided to read it.
I found it most interesting:
Even infants can sooth themselves, with a pacifier.
Maybe Curvelight could use his thumb?
There was no need to publicly admit I control you. It has always been obvious but you seem to be the last to know.........
"For the purpose of knowledge, then, the region of mystic experience is as real as any other region of human experience and cannot be ignored merely because it cannot be traced back to sense-perception. Nor is it possible to undo the spiritual value of the mystic state by by specifying the organic conditions which appear to determine it. Even if the postulate of modern psychology as to the inter-relation of body and mind is assumed to be true, it is illogical to discredit the value of the mystic state as a revelation of truth. Psychologically speaking, all states, whether their content is religious or non-religious, are organically determined. The scientific form of mind is as much organically determined as the religious. Our judgment as to the creation of genius is not at all determined or even remotely affected by what our psychologists may say regarding its organic conditions. A certain kind of temperament may be a necessary condition for a certain kind of receptivity; but the antecedent condition cannot be regarded as the whole truth about the character of what is received. The truth is that the organic causation of our mental states has nothing to do with the criteria by which we judge them to be superior or inferior in point of value..." - Sir Muhammad Iqbal, 1930
much easier to read when not italic...
Separate names with a comma.