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    Posted: 17 Apr 2010 at 12:37

 My reason to discuss this topic is I have often see it stated as a rather "self evident truth" that the religions have been an obstacle to the "modern"(a popular but not universal view), if not its very opposite. From my(non expert) point of view this seems to be a very simplified and probably to some degree erratic point of view. What is here seen as "modern" is the increased interdependence of all peoples from all the planets regions, and the fundamental role of "evolving" technology, science and related activities. "World religions" are in this context Christianity, Judaism, Islam, though other beliefs may be discussed, especially those of the eastern parts of the "Eurasian" land mass (Buddhism etcetera). One well known part of the relationship has been intellectual "monopolies" of some dogma, suppresion of alternative beliefs and ways of thought, "inquisitions", etcetera. Even burning of books and "heretics" and suppression of certain ways of "knowledge". What then may be the more "progressive" side of religions?

One important point is the role of "holy books" - almost by definition there has to be some litteracy among the faithfull. People from different backgrounds become "members of one community": The "people of faith", so exchange of peoples and ideas over distance spreads. The discussion about "truths" become more urgent.  Thouhg there may be dogmaticism and intolerance towards "false beliefs" there may be less indifference.
 So what then is the story of this relationship, and especially the role of the religions in the "creation" of what we see as modern?


Edited by fantasus - 17 Apr 2010 at 12:38
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