An interesting article I read on Slate
. Here's the money quote at the end:
All religions, including Buddhism, stem from our narcissistic wish to believe that the universe was created for our benefit, as a stage for our spiritual quests. In contrast, science tells us that we are incidental, accidental. Far from being the raison d'être of the universe, we appeared through sheer happenstance, and we could vanish in the same way. This is not a comforting viewpoint, but science, unlike religion, seeks truth regardless of how it makes us feel.
Αμην, Αμην. We should pursue the truth, no matter where it lies.
The author is right about one thing. Buddhism, while not as openly suplicative as Western religion, is not as atheistic as more intellectual people think it is. While there is no creator god in Buddhism meant for worship, there are other gods. Which makes sense, since Buddhism came from Hinduism. In Buddhism, these other gods (Devas) go through the same cycle of birth and reincarnation that we are purported to do. However, their arrogance prevents them from attaining nirvana. From this angle, one might even claim that Buddhism is anti-theistic.