Monday, 8 September 2008

Why do we need religion

In an age when science and technology have advanced at an ever increasing rate in the world about us, it is perhaps surprising that in many ways we still seem to have made relative small advances in bettering the human condition and understanding the world which lies within us.

Admittedly, we have eradicated many of the illnesses that once took so many lives, but it seems hat as one area of suffering in life is removed another appears to take its place. Malaria and typhoid have almost disappeared from the tropical countries, but in their place we have dengue fever, AIDS, escalating cancer, mental illness and crime.

The social sciences of psychology and sociology have been able to pinpoint many of the reasons for the ills in present-day society, but still they persist and multiply, appearing in ever more intractable forms. Fortunately, there is for many people a growing awareness that somehow we as individuals are responsible for the state of the world. Many people claim to know themselves but unfortunately this often means only that we know our failings and weaknesses.

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