Religion as a source of peace and conciliation in society
The international crisis forces even religious leaders, as well as the faithful, to become engaged in this new phenomenon in modern society. Various researchers, not just economists, try to determine the causes of modern crisis and suggest ideas for implementation, in order to solve this worldwide impasse that brings societies on the verge of destruction.
To this day there is no agreement on the views, on the reasons that brought about the crisis. Yet, a rather popular view claims that it is not only the purely economic causes, but also the moral attitude of citizens to things, that is liable for the poor results and the international crisis. Naturally, the moral attitude of citizens is mainly shaped by religion. Religion traditionally has the role, with the divine and moral law, to educate the faithful, who are at the same time citizens of the state. Similarly, the state tries with the human law, to educate citizens, so that the rule of law and the social state operate for everyone.
The "Modern Western Civilisation” profile, presented as infected today by the crisis, is deeply rooted in the western European humanitarian tradition and indeed in the movement of the Enlightenment. A specific anthropology was generated, according to which man was secluded in his cognitive tool of reason and deprived of all other psychological - spiritual functions.
Religions, particularly the three monotheistic religions, which believe and preach the one true God, face a war against them by confrontation of reasonableness. In the western civilization of the enlightenment, cultural dialogue is essentially futile. It is deemed that anything beyond reasonableness and reason should be eliminated. Anything beyond reason is deemed as darkness. This is of course an ideological prejudice that led the West to the political and financial imperialism and the modern impasse. Indeed this could also be the substantial reason for the creation of globalisation, in the last decades, as the necessary measure-suggestion on the impasse of constant imperialism, which is the creation of Godless human reason.
Religion remains today as the only dynamic opponent and arch-enemy of atheist intellect of the atheist western man. Religious faith must save everything, namely humans, to whom God creator gave a body but a soul too. The anthropological dogma of atheist enlightenment is annulled and loses its dynamism through religious faith.
The modern movement of new atheists, without being something completely new, attempts to condemn religious faith, as the sole source of all modern woes, and indeed even of war. Religious faith is condemned as the last and great obstacle that needs to be overcome so that all people are united, so that they live supposedly harmoniously all together, naturally without having any religious or other particularities. Let us please note that "particularity" in atheistic Enlightenment means contradiction and conflict.
The role of religious leaders in awareness and awakening of the people today is more important than ever. They are the only ones who can save humanity. Religious leaders, provided that they are blessed and faithful to their divine mission, may increase awareness and awaken their faithful; they may fight the spiritual battle against atheism that is opposite to faith in God.
New Atheists, today
a) cannot have a substantial understanding of our religious traditions (Jewish, Christian and Muslim) and
b) due to the absolute reasoning they apply to everything, they cannot understand our religious traditions, based on their strictly logical conditions.
For atheist humans of the Enlightenment, their only property "reasonableness", is not an actual property. It is not a faith. It is only a tool and indeed a cut-off tool from the total of the human being which is a psycho-somatic entity. These reasons make the atheist western man of the enlightenment conceptually inaccessible. Anything "outside" this world cannot be processed. The only moral commands for atheists arise from the human law.
Today, the need for a structured answer on the behalf of religious traditions is more urgent than ever. And this is because the aggressiveness of New Atheism keeps getting greater and greater. Especially in education of all grades, it seems that anthropologic type is being cultivated, deprived of any religious or other identity.
The three great monotheistic of the East share a common anthropological tradition. A Tradition opposing the modern Gnosticism of Western Enlightenment. They have common responsibility towards humans. All three have the common story of the Fall of Adam and Eve and the responsibility taught by the Bible by this narration.
The spiritual role of all three Traditions determines their responsibility, to awaken the world and unveil the "snake of the secularized atheistic Enlightenment before it leads the human world history to the end of the abyss.
Diversity of the dogma or of the religion is not the feature we need to be afraid of. The respect of diversity is enhanced by the faith to One God. This common faith is the common ground for religious leaders so that today, first they can be awakened, in order to work for the spiritual awakening and readiness of their faithful, against secularisation and loss of faith to One and True God.
The role of religious leaders and their supporters is particularly important in today’s secularized society. They are unique in that, through their true belief in One God, through their daily prayer and chaste life, are invited to awaken society every day and bring peace to the whole world.
If the religious leaders and believers are not able to keep their faith in God, and through this faith help all humanity, then human society, without moral formation, will risk self-destruction.
International Conference on Religions and Contemporary Awakening
Tehran 16 April 2012