On grand cathedrals,mosques and temples


Wole Soyinka writes and I agree with him that

(..)all we can be certain of ( because it is clearly provable) is that the proliferation of grandiose cathedrals, basilicas, temples, mosques, shrines, and other places of worship throughout the global landscape has not perceptibly improved the living conditions or moral sensibilities of the large part of humanity

The open sore of a continent by Wole Soyinka

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

51 thoughts on “On grand cathedrals,mosques and temples

  1. judyt54 says:

    I agree as well, but what I would disagree with is the idea I’ve seen that says they should be destroyed.
    They are a history, they are beautiful architecture, they are a symbol of the past. We don’t burn a painting because someone who disagreed with our current beliefs painted it, the work is still important.
    So is the architecture.

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  2. basenjibrian says:

    At the same time, places of worship are not merely buildings. They also represent community (which includes history as noted above), even if based on myths that are sometimes…toxic. What community does not have its toxic myths, though? In no way would I advocate church burning, despite my musical and philosophical leanings.

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  3. The domination of the masses and their religious leanings have been throughout history corralled through places of worship, often usurped from pagan or mythical nature worshipers, also based on fake mythologies or are simply statements of power. Those institutions rectifying their existence of being in the service of the mortal soul, but in truth were always money-spinning edifices since the Antique!

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  4. jim- says:

    Our governor shut down all non essential services for COVID. Included in that was churches. I really never noticed had I not been told. They really overrate themselves.

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  5. Tish Farrell says:

    As an unbeliever I was rather surprised to find how cross I was during the months of lockdown when our old parish church was kept locked.

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  6. basenjibrian says:

    Those of us who OWN bunkers, of course. If you don;t own a personal bunker, you are probably a lesser breed anyway. Or, if this is a liberal hysteric, the government can just give money to everyone who doesn’t own a bunker! Free Government Money!

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