Still Living in the Bronze Age

The fundamentalist is stuck with task of trying to reconcile the collective of post-modern human intellect with the ancient superstitions of the Iron and Bronze Ages, with the results of said reconciliation having to conclude that the writings of our ancestors remain construed as truth and the advances of our species in the fields of science, medicine and psychology always remaining as either false or highly suspect. This explains why aspects of our existence such as evolutionary theory and climate change are brushed off by the fundamentalist as somewhat of a conspiracy against their beliefs for the sole reason of discrediting their religion and killing their gods.

-Stefanelli, Al  Free Thoughts – A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist

Most people believe that the Bronze and Iron Ages have come and gone, but, as Al Stefanelli said, the fundamentalists are still there. Astonishing longevity! Archaeologists and paleontologists need not dig into the arid lands of the Middle East to uncover evidence of these ‘lost’ civilizations. Rather, they need to interview the faithful attendees of fundamentalist Christian churches on Sunday morning. Just ask some questions of them to discover what life was like some 3500 years ago; they’ve got the information. It is like reviving a late-Bronze Age person like Ötzi the Iceman, frozen under the solid ice of the Alps. otzi  He lived at the same time as the authors of Genesis were penning the creation of the earth, animals, stars, water and humans. Like the Israelites, he was a tribesman, clothed in skins tied in sinew, carrying a copper axe, a flint-bladed knife and a quiver of 14 arrows. He wore a cloak made of woven grass.

What did Ötzi know of science? Technology? Not much, naturally, nor did the scribes to the southeast who were penning what would later be the first chapter of the Hebrew Bible. You get the idea.

The author goes on, calling all fundamentalists a danger to species:  “They are viruses that have infected our species, and I see no reason to cease my broad-brushed punditry against them, their toxic beliefs and their dangerous doctrines.”

We know the dangers of Islamic extremists ‘over there, but what of the Christian extremists here in our country, in our own neighborhoods? Is anyone feeling uneasy about these ‘viruses?’

 

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10 thoughts on “Still Living in the Bronze Age

  1. I think we live in an very elastic continuum…no age ever ends…the bronze age, the iron age, the agricultural age, the industrial age, the computer age, the space age…they all coexist at the same time. If we truly live in our own time then we have a foot in many ages at once. The reality is the evolution of consciousness. Gradually we evolve from the need of the conceptual crutch of belief, which is simply the end of knowledge, to the open ended concept of knowledge, in which every new idea brings a new beginning.

    1. …in which every new idea brings a new beginning.

      Yet there are those among us who are ‘stuck’ in an older, more primitive Age and refuse to accept the findings of the newest Age. Not only do they refuse, but they are active fighters against the ‘new.’ This is most egregious, in my opinion.

  2. Wasn’t religion invented to succor the masses fear of the unknown while wielding some level of control at the same time? And is it just me, or does the level of religious fever parallel the level of ignorance?

    And that goes for politicians also. I mean, have you ever listened to any of ’em talk about science? Well, maybe some politicians are aiming their comments at a certain demographic of eligible to voters.

    (i.e. Rick Santorum’s knowledge of CO2 gases: “Tell that to a plant!”

    1. Yes, religion was ‘invented’ to comfort our earliest ancestors when their brain lit up and realized their own mortality. Later one among the clan rose above the others as a ‘seer’ of the spirits. I surmise that some of these realized their power and abused it, much like the Catholic priests of today.

      I’d say about religious fervor and ignorance that it is stupidity rather than ignorance. They foolishly follow the mandates and dictates of the dusty old holy books from the Bronze Age.

      Re the Santorum comment, does he not realize that a plant has no auditory functions?

  3. Hah, if Otzi was as stuck in the mud as her holy heaviness, he would have rapidly sunk out of sight and the ensuing cataclysm would have created a vacuum that would have sucked everything else down with him,,,we would have all been doomed as doomed could be. BTW, if any of the Bronze age geniuses had really been paying attention to this Mayan Dooms Day thingie, they would have noticed that the Mayan calendar did not have leap years…so to use their reckoning, the world should have ended a few weeks ago, but well, don’t let a mere detail get in the way of a good old fashioned superstitious dooms day panic!

    1. Her Holy Heaviness, in my humble opinion, mirrors the superstition-level of Ötzi. I have no doubt that HHH and he could have discussed their ghostly realms equally glibly and, I dare say, not too divergently.

  4. Now, here is something from the 21st century, M_R. My grandson will
    graduate from high school tomorrow, Saturday, at the age of 16. How
    is this possible? Through home schooling AND an outreach program of the
    United States Army under the title of the Mississippi Youth Challenge
    Academy. Since early July he has been living and going to school at an
    Army training base in southern Mississippi. . His only visit back home was
    for Thanksgiving. His day consisted of excercise, schooling, marching,
    tutoring, and strict discipline. He know plans to enter junior college here in January. So, in essence he has collapsed two years , so he has completed the traditional 12 years of obtaining high school graduation to 10 years.
    Might this be the new reality in education?

    1. It could be, especially if there are serious efforts to reform the ‘standard curriculum’ in U.S. high schools. That curriculum was established 60 years ago. It is ‘traditional,’ not logical.

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