Friday, April 15, 2011

The Lost Dimension

"The Lost Dimension", by Paul Tillich discusses origins of religion. the true intention of religion to begin with, that is to ask "passionately the questions of the meanings of our existence".

Religion in our modern world typically carries negative connotations as a set of rules echeted in stone with a God figure hiding in the clouds. Mr. Tillich expresses this concern about humans formatting their lives off consumerism and offers suggestions on human beings can return the rewarding fulling to the lost dimension religion offers.

Our understanding of the universe has changed, stem cell therapy is a reality, robotics are coming of age, and the internet has transformed communication between cutlures and ethinicities, as well as our abililty to acquire new information. A stone age mentality will not answer or address our the problems of the 21st century.

Only through realizing the depth of religion by

Paul Tillich continues in his writing, "The revivial of religious interest would be a creative power in our culture if it would develop into a movement of search for the lost dimension of depth" (page 34) The Christian Cruscades, fueled  by ego and control are perfect examples of what happens when the reality of depth is lost. Can you imagine the amount of compassion we would give to each other if we only realized that we don't know why we are here? Or what we are suppose to do? Imagine if we came to the understanding that all we have in life is each other.

The amount of life that's been taken in the name of God and religion is disgusting. Our brothers and sisters who think of the world as a spiritual battle ground in the fight for God vs. Satan are often the first to show intolerance towards others.

I do not follow religious rituals or doctrines. I follow my inner conscious and treat my fellow brothers and sisters with the respect they deserve. I would consider myself a "they" when Mr. Tilich writes, "They feel that the concrete religions fail to express their profound concern adequately. They are religious while rejecting religions"(page 32)

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