Christianity Johnson on 17 Nov 2008 01:53 am
The 2008 TED prize went to Karen Armstrong. Here is her acceptance speech:
The description of the video says:
People want to be religious, she says; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion — to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.
Now her wish has been granted:
A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions.
The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at www.charterforcompassion.org springs from a “wish” granted this year to religious scholar Karen Armstrong at a premier Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California.
Her central tenet: “The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony”
If that is the goal, then here is what we need to do: We need to heal everyone who suffers from the delusion called religion, so that we can all face the world as rational human beings. Religion is a psychological illness. In this disease, otherwise intelligent humans start to believe in imaginary “gods”. Once they believe in these imaginary friends, they begin talking to them. Then they come to believe that the “gods” are talking back to them. They begin to believe in all sorts of irrational superstitions like “prayer”, “faith healing”, “speaking in tongues”, “medical miracles”, etc.
The entire proposition of religion is ridiculous. It is a psychological illness, and the only merciful response is to cure those who suffer from it. At religion’s core is hatred of those outside each sect. The way to end the hatred is to cure the disease. The entire human species will be better off when we realize that, and begin behaving as a rational species.
If you are religious and would like to start recognizing and curing your own delusion, this free book can help: