Tuesday, November 16, 2010

If you don’t believe in God or man, you will despair

Freud famously attempted to reduce religious faith to wishful thinking. But, ironically, it's the secular humanist who indulges in wishful thinking. As Dennis Prager recently pointed out:

The notion that people are basically good is a modern, post-Enlightenment one that is neither Jewish nor rational. As regards Judaism, from the Torah through rabbinic Judaism, I am unaware of a single mainstream Jewish text that posits that people are basically good. The Torah cites God Himself as declaring that the “will of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8.21). As regards reason, the empirical evidence against the belief that people are basically good is simply overwhelming.

Well, then, if Judaism doesn’t teach it, and reason and human experience refute it, why do so many Jews believe that people are basically good?

People who do not believe in God almost have to believe in man. Life is just too dark if one cannot believe in either God or humanity. Most people who do not believe in God cannot face the bleakness that not having a belief in man would lead to. It is much easier for those who believe in God not to believe in humanity.



  1. Some good thoughts. For America, Humans are to be the trusted ones. Or at least a mixture of people and God.

    This made me think of John Lennon and his peace sleep in.


    If only we would have listened to John. Sounds so simple, doesn't it.

  2. Thanks for listening to Dennis Prager.

    Even though he's a Reform Jew, he makes a lot of sense.

  3. If all other idols have been tipped over, smashed and burnt, discredited, and overthrown, what idols do we have left but humanity?

    Good post Steve (I don't know how you find this stuff)

  4. I heard Dennis say once something close to this:

    I have never heard of any parent in the history of mankind who had to train or teach his very young child how to be naughty or disobedient. It simply comes naturally to every human being.

    I found that to be an excellent argument from experience in regards to the human condition and the nature of man.