Thread: Religion Do you think Heaven exists?
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #138
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Originally Posted by Dave Lane View Post
Why?

The answer of course, is arrogance. We all long to be special, its why video games like Fable are so popular. We crave privilege. Sagan said it better than I. He is a special word smith but hit the nail so eloquently:


Philosophy and religion cautioned that the gods (or God) were far more powerful than we, jealous of their prerogatives and quick to mete out justice for insufferable arrogance. At the same time, these disciplines had not a clue that their own teaching of how the Universe is ordered was a conceit and a delusion.

Every other proposal, and their number is legion, to displace us from cosmic center stage has also been resisted, in part for similar reasons. We seem to crave privilege, merited not by our work, but by our birth, by the mere fact that, say, we are humans and born on Earth. We might call it the anthropocentric—the “human-centered”—conceit. This conceit is brought close to culmination in the notion that we are created in God’s image: The Creator and Ruler of the entire Universe looks just like me. My, what a coincidence. How convenient and satisfying! -Carl Sagan
I'd suggest to Mr. Sagan that it is just as arrogant and convenient to suggest something doesn't exist just because you don't know our can't find an answer. In fact Mr. Sagan, you're acting like those scientists that thought once upon a time the world was flat.
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