Bishop finds education is to blame.

So this article from the UK news site Telegraph talks about the findings of the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Patrick O’Donoghue who has published a report on how to “renew Catholicism in Britain.”

What did he find? Education. Education is to blame.

From the reverend himself (my notes in bold):

“What we have witnessed in Western societies since the end of the Second World War is the development of mass education on a scale unprecedented in human history – resulting in economic growth, scientific and technological advances, and the cultural and social enrichment of billions of people’s lives. (Why yes, education is excellent)

“However, every human endeavor has a dark side, due to original sin (a religious idea with no actual merit) and concupiscence (sexual desire or lust, I have no idea how this fits into education). In the case of education, we can see its distortion through the widespread dissemination of radical scepticism (requiring evidence for belief, which, you know, doesn’t seem like such a bad thing), positivism(which is really just an idea that ignores non natural causes and suggests that ideas must be falisifiable to have value, and well, doesn’t seem that bad), utilitarianism(which states that the moral worth of an action depends on the outcome of that action and its contribution to the greatest good) and relativism (the stance that experiences can be relative to the person or culture from which they are experienced).”

“Taken together, these intellectual trends have resulted in a fragmented society (fragmented maybe for those within strict religious communities, but more united than ever in those communities that are secular friendly) that marginalizes God (is he really needed anymore?), with many people mistakenly thinking they can live happy and productive lives without him. (the reverend is clearly the mistaken one here, many millions of people are quite happy without god, and many millions more without his god. This seems to coincide with his inability to understand the merits of the relativistic philosophy, that people define happiness, and productive living on different metrics than himself. Atheists like myself tending not to include proliferation of ideas without merit.)”

As you can see, he hasn’t really pointed out any bad things about education, except for the relative (to him) harm of reducing the number of Mass attendees.

Of course education is bad for Christianity. People go to higher education institutions and they learn about the world. They learn about how it actually works. About how people actually are. They learn that other people believe different things as fervently as they do. They learn that they’ve been wrong about a lot of things. Of course education is bad for Christianity, which was designed to keep knowledge, i.e. original sin, away from its followers.

Mass education is the greatest enemy of all religions.


2 Responses to “Bishop finds education is to blame.”

  1. I find it really interesting how some of these religious figures have voiced opinions that just don’t hold any water. Like the priest on the East Coast who said that those of us who voted for Barack Obama are opening our souls to eternal damnation because of his views on abortion. I didn’t realize that he had the authority to cast eternal judgement on me. The Catholic Church is one that has been more open to the discoveries of science and promoting critical thinking, but this priest’s opinion does not reflect that at all. If people stop trying to learn and discover the answers to the world’s mysteries, then they are sacrificing the gift given to them by whatever God they believe in.

  2. Josh Wittner Says:

    The Catholic Church, when compared to other organized religious institutions, does a pretty good job most of the time, though I think they can still tend to view science as prescriptive and so can often hold improper objections to the discoveries of science when really this shows a fundamental lack of understanding of how science works, it is descriptive not prescriptive. It is a description of how things are, and makes no claims to how we should incorporate that knowledge into our lives.

    I was pleased this year because the Catholic Church wrote a formal apology to Darwin, asking his forgiveness for denying his discovery and defaming him. Purely symbolic of course, but it shows that they understand that they were wrong, and are attempting to make amends of a sort.

    As for sacrificing the gifts of gods, let us not forget all of the atheists in all of their many forms (which is hard for me to forget, being an atheist myself) who understand knowledge as its own reward and frequently necessary for the advancement of the greater good.

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