Shuck and Jive

Friday, August 24, 2007

Does Your Religion Work?

A friend invited me to check out this post from Ode Magazine.

Why do people bother to have all sorts of debates about religion? Why do people try to convince each other that their God is the right God and that their religion is the right one? Why do we try to impose our philosophies about life, death, truth, love, and the Big Questions on each other, when none of us really knows the answers anyway? The only relevant question about any religion or philosophy is not if it is true or not, but if it is effective. If your belief system is not making you happy, if it does not bring peace and love to your heart and to the hearts of those around you, it does not work. And, by the way, if it doesn't work, it can't be true.
Works for me!


  1. What does this mean in the light of the expansion of fundamentalist and charismatic Christianity across Asia and Africa? They seem to be "working," so what kind of critique can be brought from such a utilitarian position?