Don't Be FundamentalistsI enjoy religion and spirituality as a topic of conversation, particularly when it is not a contentious one. But atheists who are convinced that they "know" there is no god(s) and that all followers of structured religious practices have been duped by money hungry and power hungry megalomaniacs tend to annoy me.
I respect atheism, particularly if it works for you. But the fact is that there is no known civilization since the beginning of recorded history that did not have structured faith systems as part of its moral/ethic/political/social dynamic. Not all civilizations are ba
And for those who parrot the silly statement that "More wars have been started and people killed by religion than anything blah blah blah..." That's crap. Almost EVERY war ever fought since the beginning of time has been over land, resources, money, or power. Wars aren't fought over religion. The promotion of religious purposes in war is a matter of marketing, because the fact is that most of the people actually fighting in the war are not going to receive much (or any) or the spoils of victory, so those who stand to gain from the war always need to find motivation for those they need to fight it.
And for every person killed, maimed, or abused in the name of religion- just as many have been clothed, fed, sheltered, medically treated, cared for, and educated via religious resources and by the charity and efforts of followers of structured religion.
I don't like when people try to force others to be religious, nor do I like the atheists who look down their noses as if they have achieved some intellectual superiority by choosing not to invest themselves in a belief in a higher power.
To each their own, and to all safe travels.