Impact of Metaphysics on Religion

For centuries, religion has been the sole driving force for conflict among humans. Likewise, religion of the people has been targeted by the different traditions and discoveries, affecting the execution of religious beliefs. The best example of this is the light, which was considered holy and healing throughout the centuries. In ancient times of Aristotle, it was believed that light was some kind of disturbance in the air caused by one of the four elements. Years later, Lucretius believed, as Democritus did before him, that the invisible particles of matter called "atoms", were part of the light, causing the common notion of light being formed of particles. This continued until Christiaan Huygens formulated the wave theory, after which was associated with the idea of "ether". Ether is almost completely derived and influenced by science, while it was one of the prominent religious beliefs of its time. It is defined as space, stillness, that contains and holds. Ether, also called Akasha, connects us to the spirit, intuition, other realms, and planes.

Now, even from this much information, we can conclude how religions are greatly influenced by humans themselves, a bit far from the accepted reality that religious doctrines fall down from the sky somehow. If we want to believe, we ought to first know what we believe. By knowing and accepting religions as inseparable values half designed by human beings themselves, we are not foregoing any of our beliefs, instead, we are discovering the origins of our continuous path.


Source:

Smith, Huston. “The Operational View of God: A Study in the Impact of Metaphysics on Religious Thought.” The Journal of Religion, vol. 31, no. 2, University of Chicago Press, 1951, pp. 94–113, http://www.jstor.org/stable/1197637.

 

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