Thursday, February 24, 2011

Religion: Can Fantasy Become Reality?

Why is it, I wonder, that no single individual (or group of like-minded individuals) has successfully attempted to found a new church with no supernatural overtones (a modern-day organized religion without a ruling God) and being solely dedicated to providing free and effective 'help' to those in need? Or does such a church already exist?

I think not.

There is no reason, that I can see, why such a church could not be brought into being.

This organization could be called "The Church of Altruism" or some such label as that.

Altruism, according to Wikipedia is selfless concern for the welfare of others. Altruism is the opposite of selfishness.

How could a church based on altruism not be a good thing?

For such an undertaking to succeed, though, would certainly demand a radical change in our present day way of thinking about 'goodness' and 'morality.'

The primary tenet of this Church of Altruism would have to be the absolute separation of church and state, and the secondary tenet would be absolute non-profit.

These two tenets are more profound than they might appear at first glance.

The Church of Altruism would be funded solely by non-tax-exempt donations and all moneys collected would be strictly recorded and all government mandated taxes would be paid on the total without question. Good Grief! This Church of Altruism would be the ideal place for folks like John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and myriad others of the philanthropic persuasion.

There should be no Poverty

There should be no slums

Will we ever be able to be greeted by:
"Welcome to the Church of Altruism"

Probably not...


Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
--Bertrand Russell

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