Become An Inventor

Some of you may have seen this challenge, but just in case …

If You Could Invent A Religion, What Would It Look Like?

The lead line is: “If you could start a new religion that would change the world for the better, what would it look like?”

From my perspective, the problem with this question is the word “religion.” To many (most?) people, religion is associated with Christianity. Although the article uses the words “new” religion, I tend to think most Christians would simply try to offer what they might consider a “better” version of their faith.

Further, the word religion itself is defined as “A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; An institution to express belief in a divine power.”

However, I will concede the sponsors of the contest did expand the question thus:

Imagine a religion or philosophy that cuts across boundaries, strengthens our sense of community and acts as a force of good. Design a new philosophy to live our lives, a framework for a new belief system — or a reimagining of an existing one.

(Emphasis mine)

So, using the more expanded version — and just for fun (sorry, I can’t match the reported $5000 being offered for the “winning” suggestion) — what would your invention look like?


A Discussion of EVIL

It’s been said that evil is a subjective term open to interpretation. I’ve been giving this statement some thought and decided I’d like to hear from my blog visitors on how they would “interpret” … EVIL.

I think for many a logical response would be that Evil is the absence or complete opposite of that which is ascribed as being “good” (substitute: “God”).

But that doesn’t really tell us anything.

So let’s take a closer look at (ominous music) … evil“EVIL”

Do you believe Evil is subjective — taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias;  or objective  — undistorted by emotion or personal bias, based on observable phenomena?

In your opinion, which of the following best describes Evil?

  1. Morally reprehensible, sinful, wicked
  2. That which causes harm, destruction or misfortune
  3. The quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

Is there more than one kind of evil? The New World Encyclopedia says there are three kinds of Evil:

  • Moral – Evil that human beings volitionally and intentionally originate (i.e., cruel, vicious, and unjust thoughts and actions, such as murder, rape, abuse, terrorism, genocide)
  • Natural – Evil that occurs independently of human thoughts and actions, but which still causes pain and suffering (e.g., earthquakes, volcanos, storms, droughts, disease)
  • Metaphysical – (Too confusing to be discussed here!)

Does Evil exist as a force, power, or person, i.e., evil incarnate? (If your answer is “yes,” why do you believe this?)

Are there degrees of Evil?

Is there a relationship between Evil Action and Evil Character?

Do humans commit Evil acts voluntarily … or is it due to a neurological glitch or malformation in the wiring of the physical brain?

WHO, in the end, decides what is Evil?


NOTE: An interesting read on this topic can be found here.

Who Were You in Your Past Life?


Here’s to some lighthearted fun …

I was a Greek Philosopher. 

Here’s what it said:

“You are a quiet soul who enjoys reading and writing above all else. You spend a lot of your time thinking about religion, philosophy and how to make the world a better place. Just like your past-self, you are likely to influence others around you.”

Those who know me well would most likely agree. 🙂

Don’t be shy … leave a comment and let us know who you were, and if you agree.