Wednesday, September 30
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Tag: enlightenment

A Thought Experiment

Atheism, Christianity, Consitution, critical judgment, First Amendment, Ideology, Islam, monotheism, Politics, Religion, Religious War, Spirituality, Tolerance
Let’s try a thought experiment, shall we? Suppose we lived in a society where … o … all civil government was subject to religious authority ... in fact, in most cases, the civil government just is the religious authority o … that religious authority took its talking points, decision criteria, its policy directives from a dusty, mouldering religious text which was revered, even though vast tracts of it were well-nigh incomprehensible, and even the parts that could be understood were subject to a welter of varying, often contradictory, interpretations o … even the authorized and approved – by the religious authority – interpretations of that text were subject to authoritative explication by councils of an exclusively male clergy o … scholarly criticism and analysis of that text was stric...