Talk It Out – The Religion Debate
Religion comes from the Latin words ‘religare‘, which means ‘to bind’, and ‘religio’, which means obligation. This, in itself, provides a brief insight as to what the word envelopes. The inhabitants of a region, united in their views of the workings of nature, fabricated ideologies in an effort to birth a concrete poster for their theories, and thus, the word ‘God’. Early man vied to explain natural phenomenon such as rain, thunder, lightning through religious channels, often revering divine intervention.
Ideologies changed as regions did, essentially becoming a reflection of the society which introduced them. Observations for healthy and safe living shaped into rituals and, some unnecessary, obsolete ceremonies became traditions.
The destructive confluence of Science and Religion has also strongly reverberated throughout the annals of history. The working of the world explained by men like Galileo and Copernicus conflicted with views set by religious organizations. Ontogenesis of science, as well changing social strata, nurtured fanatics amongst the religious. Attacks like the 26/11, and more recently, on Peshawar and Charlie Hebdo have been reasoned as means of protecting their God. Reason was attacked by fanaticism, in the name of religion.
Talk it Out, a club that discusses matters imperative to college students, hosted a discussion on Reason versus Religion. A distinguished panel offered their views on the issue and helped propel the discussion towards plausibility. Religion- what it means and how it started, were debated at length. ‘Opinions on religion as an attempt to structure society’, the ‘distinction between religion and faith’, and even the prospect of ‘religion being outdated‘ were discussed heatedly- briefly mitigated by Aaina Dramatics when they offered their views through a street play. The talk ended with people having clearer views on their beliefs but fazed about the precedence of religion over reason.
‘Religion versus reason’ would have to be deliberated several times before any conclusion can be drawn from it. Every religion in the world asks to seek truth and moral identity within the masses. But in a world that is so chaotic, materialistic and downright cruel, isn’t the belief in a greater being comforting? The evening gave fodder to that thought.