You know, being able to actually apply religious principals to one’s life wouldn’t be nearly as difficult if more people would hold attitudes like these. In this article from the New York Times, the writer asserts that many Christians are increasingly wanting the church to “grow up” and realize that evolution and/or scientific thinking may just enhance religion, not condemn it. I’ve tried for years to find a happy medium between the two, finally settling somewhere between nihilism and indifference. But, if I were going to fall into a state of conviction again, this certainly seems to be the attitude to adopt.
The message is clear: religion itself needs to evolve to attend to the needs of the faithful in an increasingly changing, chaotic world, lest it go extinct in lieu of materialism (not a very attractive thought, in itself).
Perhaps it is true that the statement “We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought” is just as egotistical as the pre-enlightenment thinking that Group XYZ is God’s chosen people and His Glory wills us to conquer and slaughter the world in His name, for we are invincible, but it seems like it could work here.