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PostWhy Do People Prefer Myth, Mysticism, and Superstition? From Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 12/20/17 4:39 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
Yes, I have read Tor Guimaraes's God for Atheists and Scientists (18 December), and Tor and I have been having private discussions. And yes, there is overwhelming evidence that people do prefer myth, mysticism, and superstition.
I was reprimanded by a good, intelligent Christian believer a few weeks ago because of my quest for truth supported by evidence. You see, it turns out that I am less blessed because of this, or more stupid, because, as he pointed out, Jesus's beatitude "Blessed are those who believe without seeing" tells us that one does not need to have any physical evidence in order to believe.
I guess I am too ignorant to not believe everything that is on the Internet or what our leaders or experts tell us. I guess that I cannot be like the Apostle Thomas who needed to see the wounds to believe.
So it is with myth, mysticism and superstition. Not only are these myths colorful (hey, I like Thor and Hercules and Wonder Woman), but they do appeal to our sense of creativity and adventure (thus the appeal of a Harry Potter).
My family and I do celebrate Christmas and I teach them that according to the non-Christian Roman historian Tacitus, there indeed was a Jesus and that he was crucified by the Roman Pontius Pilate at the urging of the Pharisees. (Oh, yes, Jesus pointed out their hypocrisy. I loved that about him; they obviously didn't.) So I believe that we are celebrating the birth of a person who taught us to love each other. I teach them that exchanging gifts is a celebration of the "story" of the three wise men from the East (yes, possibly Persians). I teach them that the Christmas tree was a pagan symbol adapted by the Church to make it easier to convert pagans. I teach them that Christmas is celebrated in December to coincide with the pagan celebration of the winter solstice. Yeah, like retail stores, there is always a holiday to celebrate.
But I don't muck up the teachings with religious mysticism.
Merry Christmas to all!
JE comments: Much merriness to you and your family, Ric! In Cuba, you wouldn't know it's Christmas. There is no public decoration whatsoever, and only a few symbolic plastic tress in homes and restaurants.
I'd like to wax further on this, but my Wi-Fi clock is ticking.