Personally, not recognizing myself in what so many see as basic traits of “all” religions, things can get weird, sometimes annoying, occasionally funny, and often tiresome. People almost immediately associate religion with having dogmatic sacred scriptures, an orthodoxy, an exclusivist claim to truth, a “natural” intolerance towards different beliefs or a bad relationship with science, freedom, women’s rights and homosexuality. None of which are true in my case and in that of others like me (not even close!), and yet, as religious people, we get judged based on those standarts. Out of ignorance or mere desire to attack. I sometimes wonder if critics of religions as whole have a genuine interest in the matter in all its diversity, past and present, with real knowledge that allows them to make precise arguments, or if it’s just a desire to throw rocks, using whichever looks bigger in hope that it will hit as many targets as possible. And, as a side note, I sometimes wonder something similar about interfaith dialogue, where there’s a lot of talk about “God”, “salvation” and “scriptures”, as if those were unanimous traits. Some monotheists should really pair up with some atheists.
Therefore, not content with the usual lines of reasoning in discussions about religion, I decided to write a few posts on the most common arguments used by non-believers (and, to some extent, by believers, too, namely monotheists). The goal is not to convert anyone – I am, after all, an advocate of the freedom to chose religion(s), if any! Rather, the purpose is to enlighten and present a polytheistic perspective in a debate that’s almost exclusively made on the basis of the traits of Abraamic religions. When it comes to faith and practices, there’s a vast world of diversity that’s often neglected, and, as Stephen Prothero might say, there’s no real tolerance or understanding if differences are downplayed or altogether ignored.
Here’s a list of the posts I’ll be writing: