By Ulrich Beck
Faith posits one attribute as an absolute: religion. in comparison to religion, all different social differences and assets of clash are insignificant. the recent testomony says: ‘We are all equivalent within the sight of God'. to be certain, this equality applies simply to those that recognize God's life. What this implies is that along the abolition of sophistication and state in the neighborhood of believers, faith introduces a brand new basic contrast into the realm the excellence among the correct of believers and the incorrect variety. therefore openly or tacitly, faith brings with it the demonization of believers in different faiths.
The vital query that might come to a decision the continuing life of humanity is that this: How will we conceive of one of those inter-religious tolerance within which loving one's neighbor doesn't suggest battle to the demise, a kind of tolerance whose target isn't fact yet peace?
Is what we're experiencing at the moment a regression of monotheistic faith to a polytheism of the non secular spirit lower than the heading of ‘a God of one's own'? In Western societies, the place the autonomy of the person has been internalized, person humans are inclined to suppose more and more at liberty to inform themselves little religion tales that healthy their very own lives to nominate ‘Gods in their own'. despite the fact that, this God of
their personal isn't any longer the single and basically God who presides over salvation via seizing regulate of background and empowering his fans to be illiberal and use bare force.
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Hasn’t Christianity itself been freed from superstition and the heavy burden of legitimizing its own temporal power? Isn’t the emancipation of religion the beneficiary of the separation of religion and science as well as religion and the state, the very thing that appeared to many Fathers of the Church as the reason for the alienation and decline of religion? For, once emancipated, freed from the ballast of tasks it cannot carry out, religion can devote itself to its true mission of spirituality.
What characterizes this Islamic religiosity is the fact that it cannot be traced back to socialization in a family originating in the Muslim world. On the contrary, it is the product of an emancipation of the individual from his family and their economic and social background. . This means that we can scarcely speak any longer of a ‘Muslim existence’ as a stable condition. Instead, we are dealing with Muslim experiences arising from an ongoing process of adapting the elements of the religious tradition to meet the challenges of constantly changing social circumstances.
They are images that require no explanation to grip us with mystical power. The Pope’s sermons are simple tales, not complicated theories. A man went forth from Nazareth two thousand years ago, told stories, and performed symbolic actions. This experience is handed down from generation to generation. This simplifying personalization can be conveyed much more directly than any scripture-based creed. The millions who respond to his sermon are the proof of this. (Weidenfeld 2005: 5) 38 The Return of the Gods This ‘cosmopolitan event’ fills no churches, nor does it put a stop to the decline in church membership.
A God of One's Own: Religion's Capacity for Peace and Potential for Violence by Ulrich Beck