The coming of the Computer Age or Digital Age or Information Age has revolutionizes, changes, and affects almost every facets of human life on earth including religion.
The Computer Age practically breaks and transcends any physical or geographical boundaries or limitation; in other words even time and place is no longer an obstacle in the cyber highway.
Such being the case, the ushering in of new technological knowledge and tools has a great impact on the way we think, the way we interact with our fellow human beings, the way we view our self, the way we view the universe, and even the way we view God itself.
Religion as Old as Civilization Itself
We all know that religion is as old as humanity itself. Man’s quest for an explanation and the meaning of everything around him and even the mystery of life itself has lead humanity to search for the meaning of his or her life and destiny in the universe: where we came from, the reason why we exists and where we are going.
Man’s search or quest for meaning lead him to create or establish religion in all of its many forms: a religion that could somehow satisfy all of humanities question about life or if not to satisfy all questions, to give something to believe in, to give some hopes, to give assurance and something to satisfy one’s longing.
The present Computer Age or Digital Age is rooted in modernization and the advanced of scientific knowledge and thinking. One of the effects of which is to shake the very foundation of humanity’s long held belief and assumption that religion has offer.
Our present age is quite different from the bygone history of mankind. It is characterize by doubt and skepticism, of hunger and thirst for a deeper and meaningful explanation of life itself beyond those offered by the traditional religions.
The Future of Religion
There are five major religions in the world where almost 84% of the world population of 7.5 billion belongs to, namely: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other folk religion.
Taking into account that data, it is most likely that religion will always be here with us to stay for quite a long long time, despite modernization, despite the advance of science and despite our present Computer Age.
To wipe out religion as part of human civilization is to weaken civilization itself. Religion has played a part in the past history of mankind, it keeps on playing its role today, and there’s no doubt in my mind that it will still play a vital role in human civilization and society in the not too distant future.
Religion is a potent force not only on the individual level but even on the national level. For many, its serves as an anchor of support in this uncertain world, a place of solace and comfort for those who are searching for a deeper and more colorful meaning of life and existence.
No modernist idea or ideologies could ever replace the role of religion in human consciousness.
On this score and in this sense, Karl Marx might be right when he says that religion is indeed the “opium” of the people.
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