Presentation: 2012 100YSS Symposium
Rev. Dr. Alvin L. Carpenter
Pastor, First Southern Baptist Church West Sacramento CA
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Title: The Non-promise of Earth bound Religions into Space.
The incompatibility of earth bound religions for an interstellar community. You will never get a religion with out getting their doctrine in the bargain. You will never get a religion without their claim that they speak "for" God. All ministers say they are "called of God." This means, I am called and you are not. Any one who has the title Rev. before their name has an agenda. What is that agenda? You have to learn to ask over and over until you get an answer that makes sense. How will the agenda of advancing a religion be compatible on a starship that has the sole agenda of staying alive and living at peace with one another.
Ask any representative of an earth religion, "Why should we carry your religion to the stars." With the terrible history of religion, and the terrible acts carried out today under the banner of religion it is a very valid question"why should you come to the stars? Then ask again and again until you find the true answer: The goal of religion is to convert and impose. That is the task of all religions otherwise they would disappear in a generation. In Christianity it is called the Great Commission: " Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:19-20.
Today, I would like to pose for your consideration, in the strongest terms possible, that our earth religions are not only nonessential for a interstellar community but are in fact detrimental to the success and well being of a Colonized Interstellar Vessel. One charismatic fundamentalist of any religion will be enough to destroy the entire ship.
An important question: