How Technology Could Override Religion
HOW TECHNOLOGY COULD OVERRIDE RELIGION 1
HowTechnology Could Override Religion
HowTechnology Could Override Religion
Religion has remained a crucial perspective in many parts of thesociety as evidenced by the high number of denominations around.However, some aspects of religion are changing as seen from recenttrends. Science is another crucial aspect of the society, whichassociated with globalization and technology. Modernity andglobalization have emerged since the introduction of the internet,which in turn has fuelled the rise in technological prevalence. Thementioned aspects go hand in hand, whereby the internet has fueledtechnological, innovations and advancements. These technologicaladvancements have emerged as one of the largest threats to religionin many parts across the globe. People have become accustomed totechnology so much that they have started to forget the role ofreligion in their lives. Considering the rate at which technology isspreading across the globe, given that this trend remains unchangedthen there is a probability that religion could become extinct soon.In this paper, I will consider how technology is affecting religion,pinpoint how people have started believing in technology more thantheir religion, and possibly discuss the future of religion.
Coming from a historical perspective, we could say that mostindividuals have always viewed science and religion as two distinctfields, which are based on very different principles. Religion isbased on faith, which in most series unless one is a very firmbeliever it becomes tough to substantiate it due to missing orinadequate evidence. Science, on the other hand, is based on the realsituations and has some tangible evidence to back up its claims[ CITATION Ste14 l 1033 ].People have a tendency of believing in what they can see and touchtechnology being a good example, rather than what is unknown andunseen such a religion. Religion is analytical and depends on how anindividual interprets things, on the other hand since religion theaspect of observing, experimenting thus enforcing its tangibleaspect. Considering the advancements in technology that are allowingscientists substantiate every possible thing they do then one mightstart doubting the principles of religion or even the truth about itsexistence. Now with the claims that there is no God or the reducedessence of religion in the society, people, will stop seeing theessence of religion. This is mostly so since a large section of theirproblems have scientific answers and would, therefore, prefer to relyon science consultation rather than believing in religion.
Despite these two aspects having little in common, they have oneaspect that drives their followers the truth. Many followers intendto find the truth regarding the existence and reliability of theirchosen aspect. The truth defines the future for both religion andtechnology. Depending on the time one spends engrossed in technologyor religion, then one is bound to get attached to one. In the currentworld, technology has gained prevalence over everything else.Scientists have considered technology as one of the most importanthuman inventions. For example, computer devices, mobile devices, andeven portable PCs have played their role in pushing humanity awayfrom the religion. Most religious, if you take Christianity forexamples only dedicate only designated day in a week to engage inreligious activities. This means for the rest of the week you will bein touch with many technological aspects since technology is thebasis for any communication device or platform. Attachments are boundto rise if on is in constant contact with these communicationdevices, meaning that over time one could even become addicted andstart believing in its capabilities. At times people have evenstopped attending church services due to the reliance on thesetechnological devices to get access to these mass services. Thematters changed for the worst when people substituted attendingchurch services with their smart devices. Laxity follows whereby theyknow that if they download and store the recordings of mass serviceon their devices, they can view or listen to them later during theirfree time. Getting a designated time to watch or listen to theseclips will at times seem like a wastage of time. With time theimportance of listening to these recorded clips ceases, and thatcould be the starting point of religious extinction. Also consideringthat there are more ‘exciting` things to do using these devicessuch as downloading gaming apps, which are very distracting.
The society expectations are also undergoing a revolution, this, inturn, could mean that technology may override religion. A trend hasrecently emerged whereby people are associating religion with oldschool traits. These traits are associated with backwardness. If aperson is seen as religious, people see him/her as uncivilized and isyet to see the ‘light.` As noted earlier, technology and theinternet go hand in hand. Many internet enthusiasts would term faithand religion as boring and therefore prompted to find exciting thingsvia internet and technology. Besides, religion has somewhat remainedunchanged in the past decade or so, in comparison with technologywhich is more dynamic then you might understand what people would beseeking change find in new technological discoveries. The internet aspart of technology has a dark side. Consider aspects such aspornography and cybercrime these two aspects could change areligious person to a non-believer within the blink of an eyedepending on the gravity of the situation. There have been caseswhereby cyber criminals have coerced their victims to do thingsagainst their wishes or principles, their own, which in turn corruptsthe morals of religious persons. If the victim has a low self-esteem,they may end up questioning why they are undergoing through suchchallenging stuff, yet their religion does not seem to be of any helpwhy they are undergoing through such bad times and therefore forconsider disregarding it. Taking pornographic and explicit content isthe other example. We have seen moral and religious individualsgetting addicted to such content thus ruining their principles andbeliefs thus forcing them to abandon it.
Scientific enthusiasts believe that humanity arose from evolution.Starting from the big bang theory of evolution, which claims that theuniverse evolved from very minute elements, and in time to becomewhat we know today, we can see that such aspects could make one doubtreligion[ CITATION Ste14 l 1033 ]. Now, coming to Charles Darwinevolution theorem in the biological studies, we have come to learnthat evolution played a big role towards the existence of humanity.Before the introduction of internet and technological advancements,it was difficult to back up most of these claims and theories.However, a recent trend shows that things are changing. Science andtechnology have brought new ways to look at the past evidenceregarding evolution. These new discoveries have substantiated most ofthese claims. Many aspects such as carbon dating have becomeessential in substantiating claims about the existence of human lifeand in pinpointing how it has evolved. Now come to religion, thetechnology cannot be used to substantiate any religious claims sbelievers have to stick with the faith or what they read in thereligious books. This could make believers as if they do not knowwhat they are doing know what they are doing. In fact, most of thereligious parties today interested in understanding their origin havestarted in going in line with the evolution theorems. Taking RomanCatholics as an example, one could say they have not objected theevolutionary theory, and that could in one way or the other, indicatethat they believe in it. The moment religious parties have startedbelieving in scientific aspects, taking evolution as an example, justbecause its background is substantiated, then religion is bound toget lost.
To sum up, one can note that despite religion and science being twoseparate entities with distinct traits, there is a possibility of oneoverriding the other. The era before the introduction of the internetand before much technological ground was covered, religion used tohave a strong foothold in many parts of the society, but this hold isunder threat. People did not believe much in scientific andtechnological knowledge in the past eras since it lacked concreteevidence to back it up. However, this scenario has changed asscientific knowledge and technological information has found ways ofself-validation thus making is seem more real and believable. Theprevalence of technology is deviating people from the religious pathtaking them down to a secular path whereby they value what technologycan do for them thus disregarding the essence of religion.Considering the dynamism and dependence that technology has createdin the society, more changes expected in the future could spell doomfor the survival of religion.
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