Science cannot Examine the Heart.
A new study has come out recently stating that "Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies." The purpose of this study was to examine the social control hypotheses that "human sacrifice legitimizes political authority and social class systems, functioning to stabilize such social stratification." Human sacrifice as defined by this study is the "deliberate and ritualized killing of an individual in order to please or placate supernatural beings."
The findings of this study illuminates the darkness that we live in. Although the study would like to lay the blame for human sacrifice on religion, they do not provide any evidence for it since all the cultures they studied were religious. They assume that the reason for human sacrifice is to please a supernatural being instead of simply pleasing ourselves. Science cannot examine the heart. However, let's compare the findings of the study with our current secular Western culture.
Conservatively there have been roughly 4 million child sacrifices in Canada since 1969. Unfortunately, accurate statistics are notoriously hard to get in Canada because they are not reported, which is why we will examine the statistics from the United States. There have been roughly 52 million reported child sacrifices in the United States since 1970. A study by the Guttmacher Institute found the following characteristics of abortion patients:
Some 42% of women having abortions were poor, a substantially greater proportion than were poor in 2000 (27%).
Non-Hispanic white women accounted for 36% of abortions, non-Hispanic black women for 30%, Hispanic women for 25% and non-Hispanic women of other races for 9%. While no group made up the majority of abortion patients, black and Hispanic women were overrepresented
This matches exactly with the findings of the study:
Ethnographic descriptions highlight that the sacrificial victims were typically of low social status, such as slaves, and the instigators were of high social status, such as priests and chiefs.Even the methods described in this study match those used for abortion:
The methods of sacrifice included burning, drowning, strangulation, bludgeoning, burial, being crushed under a newly built canoe, being cut to pieces, as well as being rolled off the roof of a house and then decapitated.
These are very similar to the ways that abortions are done: Salt poisoning abortions burns the outer layer of skin off the child. Umbilical cord abortions cut the umbilical cord which causes the child to suffocate. Partial-birth abortions are performed by bludgeoning a child's head with a pair of scissors and sucking out its brains. However, most babies are torn limb from limb with a vacuum and also cut to pieces.
It should be plain by now that child sacrifice still occurs in modern societies which have no meaningful religion. Child sacrifice then must not be an effort to please a supernatural being, but to please ourselves. If we ignore the references to the supernatural in this study perhaps we can find some useful information.
In traditional Austronesian cultures there was substantial religious and political overlap, and ritualised human sacrifice may have been co-opted by elites as a divinely sanctioned means of social control.
Could it be that human sacrifice is mainly political? Politicians/Elites now have to support child sacrifice or they will not get elected and lose their power. Some things never change.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jer. 17:9)