Aguste Compte (1798-1857) an engineer and former Catholic founded the scientific discipline of sociology as an attempt to heal France after the revolution. He claimed man had descended down the religious, the metaphysical and the scientific pathways. France and the enlightened world was now in the scientific phase.
Sociology was science on mankind and not far from this Compte ended up introducing a new religion as well thus making a breach with his development scheme for mankind. Svante Nordin writes in his book Filosofins Historia, 2003: "This would happen since science would be the new society carrying religion and the new priests would be scientific experts and reformers".
Today we have new developments in social psychology and sociology that makes it possible to stress the likelihood of such a religion forming. In Compte's day the religion actually started up but was in France depending on his persona. It, however, took a firm hold in Brazil where it can be found still today.
My version, with a materialistic God concept, is not in such a rush as Compte's was. It took 300 years for Christendom to be accepted in the Roman Empire. Francis Bacon, the prophet, spoke around 1600. Science would revolutionize the world and liberate mankind. Compte, another prophet, spoke only less than 200 years ago.
Recently science made possible the reading of thoughts. This event will probably be a milestone on the way to Religious Humanism--depending on how the finding is presented to mankind. There is a risk of science backfiring creating an urge to a returning to the land, a fright of civilization, following bad management. I guess this is why the debate on integrity is so important.
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