I think, in hindsight, the thing that disturbed me most about religion was how subjective it is. Each word in each religious text is subject to varied interpretations from varied persons across varied times. This sort of subjectivity is not conducive to the slightest critical thinking. And, in fact, all religions come down to faith alone.
This subjectivity is also the reason subjects like English make absolutely no sense to me. There must have been a time when English was more objective, when professors expected their students to understand the text outside their own ego. If my current college experience is anything to go by, those days are long gone.
I find it disconcerting that in the thirty years between my high school days and now, Langston Hughes and George Orwell are so forgotten. Worse, their words, and the ideas they conveyed, have been completely dismissed. No longer does the professor ask, “Why did Langston Hughes write the words, ‘Let America Be America Again?'” Instead the English elite want to know what his words mean to you. No longer are the obvious correlations drawn between the past and the present, all we are to look at now is how these words make us feel.
It seems to me that while the Church was fearing education and educated people, there really was nothing to fear at all. In many English classes, subjectivity reigns as firmly as it does within the walls of the church. In this area, at least, religion appears to have gained a stronghold.