Monday, September 22, 2008

Analyze it to death. Literally.

Anything can happen, however, that is not to say that it will. Anything imaginable can happen, however things that are not imaginable will also happen. Every religion seems to claim an answer for not only what has happened, but what will happen as well; as if religion has known and will know everything in conception and existence. This is why religion is rather interesting. How are these conceptual answers known? In modern day, it seems to be through the application of science to everything—by applying the scientific method to the subject. Do we need to analyze things to death (see previous post)—literally? Do we really need to analyze questions and problems, and sometimes even answers until they no longer matter? Does every explanation, every reason, every process need to be documented and catalogued?

However, when I speak of how religions seem to have an explanation for everything in the past, present, and future, William James claims "nevertheless, at their extreme of development, there can never be any question as to what experiences are religious." However, the surface becomes even more slippery when James continues, "such a definition as this would in a way be defensible. Religion, whatever it is, is a man's total reaction upon life, so why not say that any total reaction upon life is a religion?"

Hmm, not sure where that was going, or went for that matter. Just a few thoughts that stemmed from my notes. So, please analyze this post to death, so it dies and we can cut it open and we have an explanation inside it all, thus never having to discuss it ever again. Thank you.

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