History is nothing if not documented change – change in cultures, societies, nations – each one having their own take on morals and ethics, religion.
So it is extremely curious to me that current day believers are convinced that there is one true religion that provides a morally absolute framework and that they happened to be born at a time in the world when that one true religion was in fashion and they happened to be born in a region where it was practiced and to parents who were teaching or amenable to it.
It’s like the ultimate version of my deity can beat up your deity.
I don’t see how you can be so certain of a thing like a religious belief and take from it an absolute unchanging morality – when there’s been 10’s of thousands of religions in human history.
How can a believer be certain to have the right and true religion from all the religions that we know about through history, when there’s the same amount of evidence for all of them being real. Which is none at all.
It boggles how a believer can cling with certainty to a belief system that has no basis in logic or evidence to support the claims? What makes them reject all other currently practiced religions in favour of any one?
Usually people remain in the religion that their parents exposed them to. Or at least, its a religion that is dominant in the area were they reside. Safety and more importantly, validation in numbers.
But why accept a currently practiced religion over older ones that are now out of fashion – if there really was a god or deities – wouldn’t they have wanted worship and tribute from the start of there being people?
Isn’t it better to pick none than pick a potentially wrong one?
If there’s an afterlife and some judgement isn’t it better to say, hey, I couldn’t have known who, so I opted to be a good person, use the brains that I had and live my life.
Instead of well, I though the other guy was the true god, so I worshiped him – and now, you’re kinda…standing there in front of a totally other god – other variation on the one you picked and well…you’re screwed.
Because the one thing that all the deities seem to have in common is jealousy and vindictive pettiness to the point of genocide more often than not.
Which, when you think about it, should indicate that these would not be anything that had anything valid to say about morals or deserving of worship.
footnote to add a link to Tim Cooley’s Atheist blog post
And I include this here because these words and phrases stem from baseless certainty.