Due to lack of funds and coordination amongst team members, no work could be done for this issue. Be that as it may, the concept note, which was prepared by Editor Shwetha Shekhar, is presented here.
Analysing concerns past and contemporary
“Religion is man-made.”
This is one of the most commonly uttered phrases in the 21st Century.
But if we trace and inspect the relationship between Man and Religion, we notice that both entities have enormously influenced each other. In the middle ages, Christianity played a pivotal role in shaping and governing the life of the Europeans. In India, Hinduism, which is regarded as the oldest religion was culturally influenced by the Indus Valley Civilization and the Vedic Religion. The Bhakti movement of the 14th century, taught the orthodox Indian Society, to break the shackles of caste and rituals and involve in the pure and individualistic worship of God.
Today, because of the scientific and intellectual advancements, India is no more a country solely inhabited by blind believers and adherents of religious scriptures. Literary and scientific skepticism has enabled the intellectuals to test the reliability of religious principles through investigations and calculations.
But the youth of the nation is facing a new problem – Atheism is gradually becoming an exalted Religion. The individuals have started affiliating themselves with it, not because they have penetrated deep into this philosophical ideology or understood samkhya, which is one of the six schools of Classical Indian Philosophy that denied the existence of God, but because they deliberately wish to mark a break with their predecessors who were not ‘modern’.
As the present-day individual is ignorantly rejecting the past because it is ancient and uncritically accepting the present because it is contemporary, I strongly feel that there is an urgent need to mentally go back to the times, when man was closer to nature and logic and see what all have we lost due to the blind condemnation of the past and the uncritical submission to the cultural hypocrisy of the present.
For Issue 3, Volume 5 of Literophile, we invite impartial debates and commentaries that would build a path for movement beyond the age old superstitions and taboos; a path that would not end with succumbing utterances like “Religion is the opium of the masses”. These should be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 15th of October 2012 as original and annotated papers and/or semi-academic articles and commentaries of not more than 3,000 words. Contributors may focus on the following pointers:
Religion in the private realm: A Praxis governed by Fear.
Veda in the 21st century: A politically and culturally manipulated body.
Religion and Sexuality: The dichotomy between the scriptural episodes and the social, moral code.
Science and Logic behind rituals and customs: A heritage lost in antiquity.
The reinvigoration of traditions: The Scope and Validity.
Please note that papers must be annotated in accordance with MLA regulations. Contributors are also requested to submit short bio-notes of not more than 200 words.