Once in a while one comes across commentary by a religious writer who seems to grasp particularly absurd aspects of his/her faith. Every person, no matter how devout, knows there are other faiths held just as dear as their own.
The link relates an experience of the author hearing three religious authorities, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, present the reasons each was the only true faith. When they were finished he asked each if there was anything in their faith that was incomplete. That is, is their anything that requires knowledge from outside their faith?
The answer was that each faith is self contained, it knows all.
The Abrahamic faiths are especially dogmatic because besides defining with arrogance the internal workings of their versions, they also encapsulate time. They know when religious time began and when it will end. Not surprisingly, the clock does not run very long.
I remember a newspaper editorial many years ago complaining that a part of town post World War II should not be included in a Historic District because, “There’s no history there.” Abrahamic religions seem to believe there was no religion before theirs’.
That’s why it is important for atheism to hang in there and try to remain present in spite of all the criticism that comes its way. If religions and their disregard for historical records prevail, understanding what history has taught us will be lost forever.
One can only hope current religions will see they are but part of the passing parade.