There is nothing in scientific materialism which even comes close to telling me what consciousness is. In fact, scientific materialism cannot even tell me what so-called matter is or even if matter actually exists as a self-contained reality. And yet science goes on trying to reduce consciousness to matter when it doesn't even possess a definition of matter itself. It is blindness groping among phantasms. It is the fear of a creature that desperately needs to find that final solid indestructible reality and because it can't find it in the spiritual realms of religion it is trying to find it in the sense realms of science. But its hands remain empty and its heart dried up. It has nothing to offer but the illusion of endless knowledge, world-wide internet, over-priced drugs, greater comforts for the upper classes, and hydrogen bombs.
Masses of people, both educated and uneducated, believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ because they are terrified of a reality that dismembers them and finally dissolves them in utter darkness. They are helpless and unenlightened and they privately know it, however they may posture before the world. Why would they turn to science that can't even make a coherent statement? They prefer the comfort of the spiritual myth which at least seems to have something relevant to say. And it would be different if science had made some definitive discoveries in the realms of the deepest human needs. But it hasn't. All science does is selectively re-arrange and manipulate the scenery of the nightmare. Almost half the world - over three billion people - live on less than $2.50 a day. Every day of the world more than 22,000 children die of some effect of poverty. There are over a billion people in the world who can't write their name or read a single word in religious or a scientific book. These people are more likely to get something they need from a religious institution than a scientific one and they rightly don't care if neutrinos are real or not. The scientists of the world could have already created systems of economy whereby poverty would be practically eliminated, but science has always been in the service of money and power. The established religions of the world are shams, but science is worse than a sham, it is the open admission that the wretched of the earth are in the end nothing but statistics. Science prides itself vociferously on its disbelief in a flawed and garrulous God that wields power like an indifferent club, but in the world that is exactly what science itself is.
Science is the savior of nothing but the pleonasm: Consciousness is material because it is only the brain.
And it isn't a matter of spirituality being the savior of humanity either. The essential problem of the human condition goes beyond the reach any spiritual teaching. All the spiritual teachings in history have left the world in the hellish shadows because they were not real enough to remove those shadows. The wretched human body is the embarrassment of the spiritual pride which tries to de-realize it with lies and lofty rhetoric about the sole importance of the soul. The wretchedness of the body reveals the wretchedness of the elegantly blustering soul. The human being is equally material and non-material, both body and mind. There will be no salvation until the entire human being is raised up. This is why so many people, though they don't understand this, believe in the scientifically ludicrous proposition of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the one glint of salvation in the universe. And this fact is not changed by the fact that Christians are such insufferable hypocrites.
Recent discussions in the Religion forum
AnnouncementAmazon Discussions Feedback Forum
|1650||10 days ago|
|The sudden realisation that God does not exist.||122||1 minute ago|
|What would Christ say about Trump: evangelical hero, crackpot, or psychopath?||1303||11 minutes ago|
|Another 10,000 Quotes...||7060||20 minutes ago|
|Even if There Were a 'God,' No Human Could Know It||3200||23 minutes ago|
|"Mere Christianity" fails||16||24 minutes ago|
|Pretty sure I'm a democrat now||43||26 minutes ago|
|What's happening with SSM in the post Prop 8 world?||3311||33 minutes ago|
|Jesus probably didn't exist. Brian Bethune in response to Bart Ehrhman||3526||59 minutes ago|
|keep one change one started 10 October 2014||6766||1 hour ago|
|Today in Muslim History||8701||1 hour ago|
|Creationism is Sad||891||2 hours ago|