Tuesday, September 24, 2013

deeper than god

that's this piece's title in the NYTimes by professor stanley fish.
... to what extent and on what basis should constitutional protection be afforded to religious activities, especially when those activities are in conflict with settled law? Any answer to that question must first define what religion is (something the courts have never been able to do), and Dworkin begins boldly in his very first sentence: “The theme of this book is that religion is deeper than God.” Dworkin doesn’t mean that being religious and believing in God are incompatible; he means that the latter is a possible version of, but not the essence of, the former.
"religion" comes --according to Cicero-- from relegere "go through again" (in reading or in thought), from re- "again" (see re-) + legere "read" (see lecture (n.). among later ancients (Servius, Lactantius, Augustine) religare means "to bind fast," via notion of "place an obligation on," or "bond between humans and gods."

if so, being religious is being part of a like-minded community. a religion can be secular but deeper in another sense of revising our obligations. to whom, to what?

what's here? locally, our community. globally this, our world (and nature).