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Will technology make religion fade?
Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:27 PM
So,it's possible that religion fade around the world by 2200 or later(I'm thinking based on trends of the timeline).By the way,threre is a phrase in that post of 2090 about religion fading in Europe.It's written:
"Medical advances are undermining religion as a role,by greatly diminishing the fear of death,while developments in AI,Robotics and Biotechnology are beginning to trivialise the miracles on which many ancient religions are based.The increasing presense of androids in society-along with other forms of sentience-is a dding a whole new dimension to the ways view themselves and their place in the Universe.The ability to communicate with certain artificially enhanced animals(such as dolphins,monkeys and domestic pets) is also contributing to this trend".
If you are just curious,I also don't practice any religion,but I'm not atheist as well,I'm agnostic.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:47 PM
"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again."
Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:38 AM
It will still be a while though.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:14 PM
Countries with the most technology have the least religion (although the US is a bit of an exception) and countries with the most religion have the least technology.
e.g. Afghanistan vs Sweden
"If you come across a fork in the river... Take it."
"You can observe a lot just by watching."
"Waiting until you're older to do what you love, is like putting off sex for old age."
Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:44 PM
I would say I'm agnostic also. But it's obvious to me that religion is a cultural thing. If you're born in the US your will be more likely believe in Christianity than in Islam, if you're born in Saudi Arabia it will be probably conversely.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:33 PM
In an advanced society where the physical needs of life are met by technology, and science can explain the observable processes and forces of the Universe, some of the essential roles religion played in the past are already redundant. People no longer need believe in supernatural forces to understand how the world around them works; nor must they appeal to a god (or gods) to provide enough food, good health and other necessities. If natural events are seen to simply follow the rules of mathematical probability, belief in any interventionist deity becomes ever harder to justify.
However, religion does yet have a definite appeal. People still wish to believe in a continuity of identity beyond their biological lifespan, and in divine justice - that good or moral behaviour is sanctioned and approved by a higher power. There are still mysteries beyond the reach of current science, and reported "close encounters" with the unexplained, which leave room for some belief in the supernatural. And there is always the ultimate question of how the Universe itself came into being, and how the laws of physics were defined to allow the development of life and intelligence. A creator god is still believed in easily enough, and perhaps will always be.
If technology reaches a point that you can play god by yourself: VR environment as 'real' as the real world, artificial life forms, immortality etc. I think not many people will believe in god.
Does anyone remember the classic Star Trek episode in which the few surving, disembodied minds of an elder race were discovered preserved in glowing crystal globes? Those beings described the "ultimate crisis" which destroyed their civilisation: they had become so powerful and immortal that they dared to think of themselves as gods... This echos the Lucifer sin of Judeo-Christian mythology. Perhaps abandoning all belief in the divine would be the pathway to supreme and terminal arrogance..?
Edited by Tumaini12, 12 May 2012 - 07:51 PM.
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