Why End Religion?

There are so many arguments by religious individuals and groups as to why we must believe. But really why? God this and god that, but the reality is I see no place for deities of any sort in the universe. As for god the character, I believe it was Richard Dawkins that said "God is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction." And faith? "Faith is the license religious people give themselves to keep believing when reason fails." - Sam Harris from Letter to a Christian Nation.

Please note, this is not a hate group. I in no way advocate hate or violence against any group regardless of the circumstances. Instead I would like to hear peoples thoughts.

I honestly believe that religion in general does ongoing harm to individuals and society as a whole; in addition I have yet to see someone provide an argument for religion that can outweigh the harm done in it's name - in fact there is no argument that can?!?

I won't go into specifics, that's best left to the masters, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and others.

DyingForTheGrave DyingForTheGrave
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4 Responses Mar 12, 2009

There are actually some religions that I am ok with people believing in if they actually want to, but the ones I hate the most would be the ones that say that all other beliefs are wrong and are punishable by eternal suffering. The thing is people who practice these religions could not do a thing to convince me that what they believe is true because of the lack of evidence and also the fact that their religion makes absolutely no sense. <br />
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Now, even though I really don't have a specific religion to believe in it does not mean that the existence of a god or multiple gods are impossible. I just won't ever know for sure if there are any gods somewhere unless one of them comes to the Earth and says, "Hey everybody look at me! I'm the real god!" and everyone sees it happen. I think it would be nice if the religions that are dogmatic could just disappear because they don't do the world any good.

I would think that a corps of humanist social workers, like psychoanalysts, could fulfill the few useful functions of religion. But people also have to become, constitutionally, a lot more comfortable with the state of not knowing -- why things happen the way they do, or what they're supposed to do in their personal circumstances.<br />
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The medical therapeutic community fails to instill pride, the way religion does, in filling the gap between experience and the unknown; quite the opposite. The productive effort is diffused into personal growth, midsize luxury cars and greens fees, and the culture is one of shame. Religion, being essentially unencumbered with real life, is free to build charities and foment hatred simultaneously; the former is its true stronghold.<br />
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The Holocaust proved that the basis of violence can sometimes be quite philosophical and reasoned, and I think that's probably why Jews, who are perhaps the most progressive humanists on earth, have failed to disestablish organized faith. I defer to them.

hmmm, can you believe in one without the other? Isn't religion simply the ex<x>pression of a belief in a deity, monotheistic or not? You say, "I believe in God not religion", but isn't that a religion? Ok, nit-picking, my apologies.<br />
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Have you ever [really] asked yourself why you believe?<br />
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I, as a rational thinker, have asked why I don't believe many times. The answer is obvious to me, I don't believe because the concept of a deity doesn't make sense. I cannot rationalize belief in deities because they simply don't fit with the rest of the universe? <br />
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The realization that this is all there is, it's quite a sobering thought?!? We are all that we will ever be!?! No after-life? No second chances? Nothing! As each of us closes our eyes for the last time, it simply ends! Not unlike turning off a light switch.<br />
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But I digress; why believe? The obvious answer that I often get when posing this question is, "I believe because I have faith!" Well, frankly, I don't accept that answer! It's a cop out. It's like saying "the light is illuminating because the switch is on" Although technically correct, it means nothing and is really not the truth. <br />
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People believe for many reasons, like, "I believe because I've always been taught to believe" I find it horrifying that some have never been given the option of questioning? For some, questioning is a life-threatining event. Or, "I believe because I cannot accept the alternative." <br />
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Anyone that claims to believe "just because" or "because of faith" is lying to us and more importantly themselves.<br />
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Ok, my pointless ramblings aside, I really would like to hear your answer? And please do not take these thoughts as a personal attack - I legitimately am curious as to the core of peoples beliefs. The "what makes you tick" when it comes to religion. I am convinced that everyone accepts religion for a reason - some many not even realize it, but that reason is what I am looking for.

I believe in God not religion.We all sin mind and body.