Hope, Trust, and Religious Faith

Source: Quillette
by Ronald W Dworkin

“What is religious faith? The question never mattered to secular people, and even the religious people I’ve met never seemed to care all that much. … But today the question matters. A big chunk of modern life is spent in activities that provide us with vivid sensations during our empty hours. Modern life has increased the number of these empty hours with its inventions and machines; at the same time, it has increased the number of inventions and machines to help us experience vivid sensations during our empty hours …. A new science of hope and trust has emerged in their train. To the degree that faith is all about hope and trust, the new science gives religion and entertainment technology a common basis. This gives science a chance to control religion by presuming to explain its most fundamental principle.” (01/17/23)