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Religion Poor Substitute For Reason

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Posted by John Morgan Powell on April 6, 2001 16:15:34 UTC

Brian,

You wrote:

> You could put up all of your information from
> liberal theologeons or atheistic resources and
> I can refute them with mine----ad infinitum.

You could also claim to have an invisible fire-breathing dragon in your carport and argue ad nauseum against rational rebuttals. Would that make the dragon exist?

The purpose of this site is to examine questions of God and Science, so please, let's hear your rebuttal of Zindler's essay or related topic. You said you can do it, give it your best. The theists here can, of course, join in. I and others will try to defend the atheist position.

> It all depends what it is you choose to
> believe, and there is a lesson in that.

That is so tragically true.

If you believe the world will end, however, you might help to cause it. If you believe Christ will save our planet you might not do your part to help it now. If you think negro slaves or gays or the homeless will go to hell anyway then you might not treat them fairly. Your outdated religious beliefs affect the modern society we live in. It's not just an issue of "Whatever you believe is acceptable. It doesn't hurt anyone." Some superstitious beliefs hurt society more than others.

You might fight cloning research because of your peculiar interpretation of the Bible. You might fight computer development. You might fight women's rights or abolition of slavery or abortion or equal rights of Jews or non-Jews.

Religious beliefs based on unreliable interpretations of ancient hallucinations and dreams is not a reasonable way to guide modern society. Superstition is a poor substitute for reason.

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