a dawning realisation


Browsing round Christian blogs earlier today, I had the dawning realisation that many religious people view the world with the eyes of a child and the processing power of a Commodore 64. Here are some examples:

1. There are men and women in the human world. Therefore men should behave like my understanding of men, and women should behave like my understanding of women. In this simplistic world view, unable to grasp the depth and complexity of human experience, people should slot perfectly into predefined roles. Anything else worries the child seeking reassuring patterns, and therefore must be wrong.

2. I don’t know why we exist and I can’t understand science, therefore a higher power who understands everything must have created me. In this simplistic world view, all unanswered questions lead to imaginary forces. The idea that humans may never be able to fully understand how we came to exist, that there will always be infinite gaps in our knowledge, is childishly inconceivable.

3. Most mammals are heterosexual, therefore homosexuality is wrong. In this simplistic world view, common behaviour is right, and less common behaviour is wrong. It’s basic herd mentality at its worst.

4. I don’t like change because, like a child, it makes me anxious. Therefore, progress is dangerous. In this simplistic world view, the past is known, and therefore somehow safer. Adherents can hark back to a time when they imagine life made more sense and people lived according to set rules.

5. I don’t like the outside world because I haven’t experienced it. In this simplistic world view, the dangers and shortcoming of home are known, but the rest of the world is a socialist nightmare where you can’t carry guns or practice your religion. Like the child that sees monsters everywhere, many Christians of this mindset seem to twitch in a paranoid fashion not only about the horrors of ‘abroad’, but also about the boogeymen in their own government trying to control and ruin their lives by forcing them to do things like sell goods in a non-discriminatory fashion and educate their children.

I hope you’ll join me in a moment’s silence for these people, where we can wish to the Good Fairy Delilia that they can at least upgrade someday to a better processor.