PalePower Posted January 4, 2007 Share Posted January 4, 2007 During a review in my Comparative Religions class today, I copied down a quote by one William James (I don't know who this is) that follows: Religion "consists of the belief that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto."My best friend (a fellow atheist/Objectivist) and I remarked to each other that we both liked this quote quite a bit, since it did not imply the existence of a god, only an "unseen order." (It was also a nice definition, since many religions don't even acknowledge gods, like Confucianism or Buddhism.) Then our discussion traveled further - what does he mean by an "unseen order?" Does he imply the traditional interpretation - that the entire UNIVERSE is governed by some pre-determined method ("You, river, run that way; you, star, explode") or can it refer to a much more restricted, personal area? For example, can "unseen order" simply mean that there EXIST definite methods and philosophies which a single person can practice to bring themselves fulfillment?In this light, could Objectivism be qualified as a religion?~Elizabeth Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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