Freethinkers will save humanity
I was recently browsing through the book “When God was a Woman” by Merlin Stone. In this book, Stone gives a historical view on how men initially gained control of society and began the journey of suppressing women’s rights. Stone explores what life was like in a society which worshiped a female creator and why later male religions fought to suppress that earlier worship. I can’t help but wonder how different this world would be if God continued to be a woman instead of becoming a male warrior God who committed atrocities to make Hitler and Saddam’s actions pale in comparison.
In a previous blog “Humans owe their long existence to women – not men”, StellarSays addressed the effects of women on the survival of humans:
According to anthropologist Robert Sussman of Washington University and co-author of the 2005 book “Man the Hunted,” early humans were more often prey than predators. The article says the evidence is in the “many fossils and skulls containing holes made by big cats and talon marks from raptors.”
So what does any of this have to do with the way women view themselves? Quite a lot actually. It seems that it was not the strength of the men and their hunting capabilities that allowed the human race to survive the dinosaurs and fierce prehistoric predators. Evidence now shows it was the social skills of humans and their ability to form cohesive groups – a trait traditionally accredited to women – as the reason humans survived and adapted over time to their present state.
From my perspective, the threat on humanity today is fundamentalist religions. The weapon to combat this threat is logic and reason. Since the worldview of freethinkers centers around logic and reason, I believe they will play a significant role in the survival of our species. As traits traditionally accredited to women helped early humans to survive, traits traditionally accredited to freethinkers will help humanity conquer our current fierce predator.
It is also encouraging to see many Christians applying reason and logic to their faith. I’ve enjoyed reading the blogs of open minded Christians who dare to question the religious sacred cows such as inerrancy. There is also a growing community of freethinkers in Islam. This gives me hope for our survival and the eradication of religious fanaticism from our world. Even though I consider myself to be de-converting, I do understand the rationale behind those who stay on the fringes with the hope of being a positive influence on the radicals.
Here’s to all the freethinkers! Let’s save our species together.
– The de-Convert