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01/24/11

Spirituality, Religion, and Richard Dawkins

By Kam Zarrabi, Intellectual Discourse

The human species' proclivity to appeal to unknown supernatural sources of power and wisdom for guidance, protection and to seek answers to perplexing questions about earthly existence and the hereafter, has nothing to do with religious training or indoctrination. This genetic instinct or what I have referred to as the toolbox of spirituality in my book, "NECESSARY ILLUSION", has saved our distant forbears from chaos and confusion by rationalizing the irrational and providing reason and purpose for our existence when neither reason nor purpose actually exists.

Kam Zarrabi is the author of In Zarathushtra's Shadow and Necessary Illusion. He has conducted lectures and seminars on international affairs, particularly in relation to Iran, with focus on US/Iran issues. More information about Mr. Zarrabi and his work is available at: intellectualdiscourse.com

While organized religions, like any other doctrine or philosophy of governance over human societies, does evolve and adapt to prevailing circumstances and is, as such, subject to criticism and revision, spirituality - call it superstitious beliefs - is so deeply embedded in our genetic makeup and has been so elemental in human intellectual evolution, that negating it is more than callous, it is hypocritical. Richard Dawkins, the author of "God Delusion", is, as are so many other scientists and philosophers, an atheist. However, not believing in any divine "intelligent designer", and being critical of the role of religion in human societies is one thing; denying the value of the genetic instinct for spirituality and its constructive role in human cultural evolution is, however, quite another.

 


 

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