“We study the past to understand the present; we understand the present to guide the future.” — William Lund
Many base their numerous every day tasks on this concept presented by William Lund. We can only analyze the previous events that have occurred and hope to understand it. There is no absolute, stable, or certain method of predicting the future; not even the weather (especially in Calgary). Hypotheses predict affairs based on assumptions made by those with enough evidence from the past to simply estimate. Everything we know and are is based on transpired matters. So why do we think that religious history is insignificant? It seems trivial to confidently state religion is simply fading into the background. As far a religious history goes (practically time immemorial), religion and spirituality will always be a part of the human essence. Christian adherents, although the leading religion, are dropping. Reginald Bibby, a renowned religious scholar, concludes the upkeep of religion must be obtained through family focused activities. Today’s youth is becoming more and more disinterested by the traditions their preceding generations found mandatory and worthwhile. Church, as a standard example and classical in the sense of Roman Catholics, has become a dreary service. During which the younger generations revolutionize society, technology and all other aspects of ones life, we sit back and hold that religion is absolute, through an hour that has grown increasingly valuable to all. My greatest concern is, what is the issue of interpreting religion as the era sees fit? Martin Luther restored the bible to explain what he conceived to be the purest information possible from bible, creating a rejuvenated form of catholicism. Why not? Nobody needs to re-write sacred texts, or even adhere to them, to feel correct in their religion. This is the generation of change and individuality! Feeble attempts such as televised services have been tried. It is prevalent that religion no longer excites people. As Irving Hexham declared while explaining the purpose of yet another religious textbook, there may not be a satisfying product on the market, nobody is excited about it, and there is no new way of presenting the material. I find this analogy with the textbook and actual religion extremely helpful in exploring this topic. People need a fresh way of understanding the “higher power” that is omnipresent in their lives. A new divinity, scripture, or religion all together is not necessary, as many new movements have attempted; simply a new way to make it their own on a level of individuality. Maybe the new religion is “spirituality”. People are still looking for a purpose, a meaning of life, which can rarely be satisfied by a secular life. By learning and appreciating the past, specifically that religion cannot be absolute, religion can evolve as other domains have.