edit- i don't know, what inconvenience
No, he's just saying "Fuck this shit and fuck you too" I'm afraid.
Religion is a system of control designed by nobles and clever fellows way back in the day. Instills fear, keeps people in line, keeps people from questioning the despot. Just the way a leader would want it.
Pretty much this. They undergone a massive transformation and have been through many edits since the coming of all Abrahamic religions. They exist today as a way to keep people thinking that they're safe and settled, to make people ignorant of the fragility of life, to have people believe that their lives will be better by 'communicating' with a higher being. They believe if they break the 'rules' of their holy book that they'll go to a place that looks like a volcano, and if they follow the rules they will be accepted into a never ending paradise consisting of pillowy clouds and virgins.
When we were primitive we had to give voice and reason to all the power around us but we lacked the scientific knowledge to do so. Lightning and the Sun used to be thought of as god's work but now we can scientifically explain why these things exist and how they were made.
Gods are just used to explain things that we currently cannot. Please note that I said currently. They are also used to uphold values of an older society. The sad thing is people use religion as an excuse for ignorance and selfishness.
I do not think all religions are wrong but I believe some are simply because of what they demand of you. If a god demands that I kill others in his/her name or impose his/her will upon others then I believe as a species we should defy these gods for all eternity because we are better then they are and we are not their toys.
I consider myself an Agnostic.
Interesting presentation on the topic, I'd say. Little biased, seeing as it was done on an atheist convention, but still.
any ancient astronaut theorists here?
Agreed that not all religion are closed minded, control freaks. I think we have a lot to learn about eastern tradition.
Why does religion exist?
Because people have beliefs about things they don't know.
People like the truth. They like learning the truth.
A religion gives it to them.
Religion was an answer to the questions we couldn't find the answer to. Now we can answer the questions; so religion is becoming more and more redundant.
Wishful thinking fallacy - http://www.fallacyfiles.org/wishthnk.html
You could argue that religion gives a lot of people hope and some sort of purpose in life, but that doesn't have any effect on the truth/falsity of claims such as the world being created in 6 days or that any deities actually exist.
But the hope that they have, makes them happy anyway. Your hope is false because it clearly isn't something you think much of. Try another example.
But let's use the afterlife as an example. We have no evidence to believe that there is a life after death, yet the idea of it gives many people great hope and purpose to do good things in their life. But just because it makes them feel good and hopeful to think they're going to heaven when they die, doesn't have any effect on whether or not heaven exists.
You have accepted that you cannot relate to these kind of people, so you might as well move on from that.
I've listened to a lot of soul/gospel music which tells me there isn't a thing wrong with it.
As long as people are happy, I'm fine. But when someone tries to think they are better because of it, then it's wrong.
I can't handle the truth.
So saying a religion gives them the truth implies that, well, religion gives them the truth.
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You guys need to go deeper. You're just going into the mentality of its existence other than why has it prevailed throughout the ages and why its still exists this day. Each major religion was made, but also used by others to inject their ideas into people's mind as morally right or wrong. Christianity and Judaism changed the world culturally. Islam indirectly helped people discover scientific breakthroughs in medicine, robotics, and mechanics. All in all each religion had its own set of rules that everyone could follow giving political figures back then an easy way to set the law of the land. Each religion did something to the culture that it flourished in, but also edited to fit the people in powers way to control people. The Bible was edited with parts added and removed throughout history to change people's minds on hot topics during those times. They also made sure that the religion was law so that people would listen to them. Religion was misused as a tool of control, but it lived on because of the misuse. To this day its still used to backup claims or to increase a politicians popularity by either being religious or supporting religious freedoms. Religion will always exist mentally and politically.
Religion is more a traditional thing than a political power. I may be wrong because I don't live in the US, but even here the church has power.
This is why Rick Perry is bragging so much about his Christian values, because he knows if he does that there will be people as batshit insane as him who will follow him.
Definitely "Christianity" having a big effect on the minds of people over there. Not religion as a whole.
Then again what Obama says isn't exacty discrimanating. Maybe that's solely why he got elected.
I agree with you that atheists shouldn't go and mock the religious for being indoctrinated (most of us probably bought into those ideas at one point of our lives), but religions themselves shouldn't be exempt from criticism when it affects children and government policy in a very real way. Now obviously, we can't go and force parents to stop teaching their kids their particular religion, but being exposed to different opinions can help them develop their own thoughts.
Also, no one is claiming to have 100% knowledge of anything, be it the existence of God or the origins of the universe, besides the religious.