(This post is motivated from a discussion in greatbong's blog on an article about Satyajit Ray and Tagore)
My opinion about any forms of theology is simple which is on the lines of Richard Dawkins. Be it Christianity, or Judaism, or Islam, or Hindusim or whatever. Is theology a subject? Does it answer any query of our minds that some other science or philosophy cannot? It can possibly never, because the corner stones of any form of theology are false, deception and fraudulence. For example, very amusingly, Vivekananda had strongly advocated in his writings for sexual abstinence, including masturbation, since he was under the impression that sexual abstinence promoted health. Therefore, it should be limited. if not completely overthrown except for the purpose of reproduction. When I am no way trying to support unhindered sexual romps in societies, Vivekanada's advice had no scientific basis. Even after research of several decades on this subject, no connection between sexual modesty and health benefits has been established. On the other hand, in a clinical study in Australia, it has been reported the male masturbation reduces the chances of prostate cancer.
In strict Hinduism, menstruating women are banned from any kind social mixing, probably on the misconception that the condition is infectious.
Bible says and stipulates its followers to believe that the God has created the Universe, and all animals and plants in just six days just around 6000 years ago. They also say that the dinosaurs and humans have co-existed. When we all know the Universe was created 4.8 billion years ago and the humans had come into existence much later than the dinosaurs had long gone. Most importantly all species on the earth have a common ancestor, when Bible says they were created by the God separately. However funny it may sound like, millions of people believe in such Biblical facts.
Can anybody explain why should I spend time to learn Advaita Vedanta when I can clearly see they are all pseudo-science.
Therefore I do not understand why there are still theology departments in famous Universities around the globe including those in Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Harvard etc. Most funnily they also award PhD degrees in theology.