Religion is important in my life, yet I don’t see the value of religion as depending upon the existence of supernatural realms or gods. The value of religion is in the edifying; the opportunity to transcend ego and shape behaviour to a higher standard (the example of Christ). Its the spiritual importance which is linked to the aesthetic dimension; the myths, rituals, architecture, paintings, music, incense. Similarly the Bible’s value is related to its aesthetics; its rich poetic form. I don’t believe in spirits, the afterlife, gods or anything supernatural, but can’t religion still have value independent of these things?
It all depends. There are elements of secular humanism that contradict Catholic theology.
What do you do when you encounter this?
Do you go rule on the side of secular humanism, or do you retain your Faith in God and His Church?
The latter option is the right one.
If not for the existence of God, and His Creative Work, we wouldn’t exist. Nothing, either seen or unseen, would exist. There would simply be “Absolute Nothing”.
Therefore, the fact that there is something – anything – is indicative of the Creative Power of a Divine Being. God did not have to create us, yet He does. We owe our existence to God.
Wouldn’t it be nice for the created to return the favor as best we can in the form of Divine Worship? Now, who knows best how to carry out this Divine worship?
God, the Author of Creation, knows the best way we ought to worship Him. That Way is His Universal Church; the Catholic Church.
Disagree if you will, but therein lies the folly of secular (godless) humanism.
Secular humanism really is a contradiction in terms as one who denies his/her spiritual nature cannot fully be ‘human’.
We are indeed meant for something better than we are. We can be better than we are. Where secular humanism breaks down, but where religion picks up is the fact that people cannot spiritually trascend on their own accord. They MUST have God’s help.
Therefore, whenever someone does “trascend”, it’s less a personal accomplishment and more God’s work working through the one doing the transcending.
I’m not sure what you mean by “myths”, but certain the rituals, architectures of houses of worship, paintings, music, incense, among other things, are all meant to better perfect our means of worshipping God.
We were made with five senses. Why five? I don’t know, but we know it’s five for a reason. Therefore, a more perfected form of worship is going to acknowledge in some way, all the five senses.
Paintings and architecture – sight
Incense – the smell
music – hearing
The Holy Eucharist – tough AND taste.
There’s more to it than poetry. Virtually every literary genre is accounted for in Biblical writings.
“Unless you assume the existence of God, you’re just educated slime.” An atheist, I forget his name, said that.
The purpose of religion is to worship God.
You cannot divorce God from religion.