November 11, at 5: IMO, the content of this post adds rather to the confusion than clarifying it — though some might find it helpful because it reflects their own thinking.
Posted on December 24, by Scott Alexander [source: This seems counterintuitive in the context of society as a whole becoming less religious and conservative. In the early s, a political economist named Laurence Iannaccone claimed that seemingly arbitrary demands and restrictions, like going without electricity the Amish or abstaining from caffeine Mormonscan actually make a group stronger.
He was trying to explain religious affiliation from a rational-choice perspective: According to Iannaccone, no. He claimed that churches that demanded real sacrifice of their members were automatically stronger, since they had built-in tools to eliminate people with weaker commitments.
And when a community only retains the most committed followers, it Benefiting off religious ignorance essay a much stronger core than a community with laxer membership requirements. This muscular social fabric, in turn, attracts more members, who are drawn to the benefits of a strong community — leading to growth for groups with strict membership requirements.
Since then, Sosis has also demonstrated that religious Israeli kibbutz members are more generous in resource-sharing games than both secular, urban Israelis and secular kibbutzim. He argues that this is, in part, because demanding rituals — such as having to pray three times a day and study Torah many hours a week — serve as a signal of investment in the kibbutz community.
The more rituals you participate in, the more invested you feel — and the more willing you are to sacrifice for your fellows. The whole group ends up with a weakened, and less committed, membership. Liberal Protestant churches, which have famously lax requirements about praxis, belief, and personal investment, therefore often end up having a lot of half-committed believers in their pews.
The whole community becomes weaker…and weaker…and weaker. Not that any of this should come as a surprise. This is the same principle of maintaining separation between in-group and out-group members which has worked so well for so many eons.
But making the in-group follow specific rules to prove their dedication does seem particularly effective. The Society for Ethical Culture was founded in by an ex-rabbi of course it was an ex-rabbi and looks pretty much exactly like every atheist religious substitute today.
That got me a little depressed. Atheism has been trying the same things for the past one hundred fifty years and, I would argue, largely failing for the past one hundred fifty years. Religion substitutes are hard. The biggest atheist religion-substitute I know of is Sunday Assembly.
Is a per cent celebration of life. We are born from nothing and go to nothing. We have no set texts so we can make use of wisdom from all sources. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs — this is a place of love that is open and accepting.
Is free to attend, not-for-profit and volunteer-run. We ask for donations to cover our costs and support our community work. Has a community mission. Through our Action Heroes you! We do not accept sponsorship or promote outside organisations.
Is here to stay. With your involvement, the Sunday Assembly will make the world a better place.
And remember point 1…The Sunday Assembly is a celebration of the one life we know we have. Sinai he saw the Sunday Assembly people only celebrating life 95 percent, and waxed wroth, and broke the tablets, and then ordered the Levites to slaughter all the men, women, and children who had participated in this abomination.
If you absolutely must compare this pablum to a list of ten points, the proper analogy is less to the Ten Commandments than to the Bill of Rights. The only secular-ish group I have ever seen which is truly virtuous in this respect is, once again, Giving What We Can.
They demand that members give ten percent of their income to charity. To join you must request and sign a paper copy of a form pledging to do this. Every year, the organization asks you to confirm that you are still complying.
Maybe Peter Singer breaks into your house and kills you for the greater good. And even though their pledge form looked kind of like a tax return, signing that form was more of a sanctifying and humbling experience than any of the religion-substitutes that try to intentionally generate sanctification.About a decade ago, I happened to be talking with an eminent academic scholar who had become known for his sharp criticism of Israeli policies in the Middle East and America’s strong support for them.
Rent-Seeking, Public Choice, and The Prisoner's Dilemma. Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. Is religious ignorance rational?
By Some elitists would write this off as more proof of the stupidity of the masses, but this argument won’t hold. I . Misc thoughts, memories, proto-essays, musings, etc. And on that dread day, the Ineffable One will summon the artificers and makers of graven images, and He will command them to give life to their creations, and failing, they and their creations will be dedicated to the flames.
Background Concept and Creation. According to the creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, they thought it would be impossible to put a character like Archie Bunker on lateth century television. But then they came up with the idea that it might be allowed if the character were an animated nine (formerly eight) year-old boy living in the mountain town of South Park, Colorado.
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