No atheists in 2055?
Posted by Pia på tisdag 11 december 2007
As a teacher of social science, studying philosophy at the university on the side is quite a good mix, especially if you believe in some sort of balance. During the days I hang around both philosophers, who are good at making everything abstract and theoretical, and teachers, who are experts at making everything concrete and practical. I have to say I enjoy both.
Imagine that 50 years ago, in 2005, there were atheists. Maybe we’ll say that in 2055? It was Rasmus who suggested that sentence, in a gathering of aspiring and professional philosophers some days ago. Sometimes it seems that you can just pick out any of the suggestions to what we might say in 2055 and discuss it for ages. The idea behind this particular one was that our unconditional trust in Science instead of Religion might not stay around for ever. Hmmm? Fifty years is a long time and our ways of thinking about the world can certainly change, if someone from today travelled back to 1957 and talked about ”the war on terror”, facebook or the concept of rape within marriages, it might have been difficult for people to take it all in. But to surpass all of science as just one way of thinking, not as the ultimate and best one, is a hard bit to swallow.