“What being God really means” (Letter, Sept. 10), for the true believer, then, is perfect faith in “the absolute moral authority of the one, true God. …” Never mind all the other one true gods.
And never mind history, comparative religious studies, anthropology, psychology, science, the philosophy of knowledge or just plain common sense. Just accept what you’ve been told (usually as a young child), what “the one, true God” has pronounced. That’s it! End of discussion! No further thought required. The book has spoken. The reverend preacher has spoken. The prophet has spoken. God has spoken. The end!
And so, sadly for the prospects of humanity, the menial mentality of the Dark Ages marches on. How ironic that as much as 2,500 years ago seminal thinkers — Socrates, Zeno, the Buddha, Mahavira, Lao Tse, Confucius, to name but a few — sought to free the human race of fear, superstition and the sanctity of mindless tradition. All for naught, apparently, as the dismaying simplicity and willful ignorance of so many 21st century religionists bears witness.
— Larry Ctibor