The Great Non-Sequitur October 29, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, religion.
Tags: Karen Armstrong, religion and the meaning of life
Karen Armstrong’s career has been one long, mighty struggle to make sense of religion. And when she can’t make sense, she just asserts.
In her recent article in Foreign Policy she repeats the most banal of non-sequiturs:
While dogs, as far as we know, do not worry about the canine condition or agonize about their mortality, humans fall very easily into despair if we don’t find some significance in our lives. Theological ideas come and go, but the quest for meaning continues. So God isn’t going anywhere.
Yes, human beings must search for meaning and we are continually threatened by a loss of meaning. But that doesn’t entail that God exists or that humans must believe in God, or that belief in God is an adequate response to the threatened loss of meaning.
I have never been able to figure out, nor has anyone ever adequately explained to me, why life would lack meaning if God did not exist or why belief in God confers meaning on life which it otherwise would not have.
And neither can they explain why hope that God exists is somehow evidence that God must exist.
Yet, writers like Armstrong think this connection is so obvious it doesn’t have to be explained.
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