Static Religion and Transforming Societies

Religion for long has tried to illuminate life and create norms for societies. These normative illuminations usually come as transcribed bundles, that are more or less, binding and static. Static nature of these norms and religion's dubious claims are profoundly harmful to cohesive social life. They also pose existential threats to religion itself. To put this in context, modernization continues with great force and technological advancements facilitate new discoveries. Social movements such as LGBT Rights are reflective of fundamental changes in social fabrics.

Religion--as a static institution--claims to illuminate and normalize society that is extremely dynamic. You try to read and interpret static holly texts that date back thousands of years, in whatever way you want and you will reach a stalemate. Will religion relax its stands to catch up with modern day dynamism? Not that I can see. As a result, religion's future can well be determined by how well and how fast it transforms itself to reach up to societal dynamism.

Comparatively, Islam has failed to relax its grip and comprehend realities of modern day life. Instead, Islamic Institutions and leaders have desperately resorted to violence and suppression to prevent external shocks and internal social transformations. The havoc it has created in much of Asia and Africa is self-evident. Christianity, on the other hand has had relative flexibilities. In an occasion in 2014, Pope Francis stated that, "“The Big-Bang, that is placed today at the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine intervention but exacts it. The evolution in nature is not opposed to the notion of Creation, because evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve". (See The Atlantic) Despite this, churches struggle to avoid sustained and vast emptiness.

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