I find it interesting—predictable, really, but ironic—to see how often people show up on this forum to peddle what basically amount to forms of New Age religion as "alternatives to contemporary religions". We’ve had the "atheist" Urantia guy awhile back, the guy peddling his Final Freedoms document, another giving minds the power to create the universe, et cetera, et cetera.
What’s the point of all this? To coin a phrase, We don’t need no stinkin’ religions!
My guess is that people come to this site expecting to harvest acolytes, thinking that it will be full of people looking for guidance from some anointed guru who will end their questioning by giving them a book with all the true stuff in it. I hope that’s not the case, but certainly it’s a possibility.
Our problem with the Bible isn’t the sort of thing that could be overcome by changing a word here and there. It’s that we ought not to believe blindly in [i:e4a3c1591c]any[/i:e4a3c1591c] such dogma, certainly not dogma that makes no rational sense, and/or dogma that contradicts scientific results.
If there is any way to know reality, it is through careful scientific investigation, free from religious and political meddling [i:e4a3c1591c]of any sort[/i:e4a3c1591c]. I think we can be relatively confident that this investigation will never provide humanity with the kind of ‘warm fuzzy feeling’ that religious certainty can, if for no other reason then because it is always preliminary, never final, and because it is not of the form of a children’s bedtime story, where all the good guys win and all the bad guys get sent to jail.
So, let the poachers be welcome here with all the rest, but let us always inquire skeptically of them. If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.