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Religion is a way to project all kinds of feelings onto a thing – a vague ‘being’ [View all]

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Religion and obsessive behaviour

Religion also satisfies human kind’s love of ritual, duty and repeated detail – all religions have stories, prayers, specialised vocabulary, texts, songs, solemn ritual, specialised behaviour, specific acts, specialised dress, hierarchies, special names, grand titles, duties and so on associated with them.

These all have to be mastered, repeated and repeated (then repeated) and used very carefully – these are merely constructions to satisfy the same human obsessional mental quirks, pattern seeking and loops of thought that lead to train spotting and egg collecting.

Religion and identity

Some so-called ‘spiritual’ people, believers in Allah, God or who ever, become enraged when their beliefs are questioned. Why is this? It is because their whole sense of identity (individual and tribal) has become fused with their beliefs and their daily rituals. To doubt their beliefs is to dismiss them and their tribe. So they become angry and aggressive. Once again, the human ego is never far away. It, after all, is real while Allah, God or whoever is not.

Religious belief is facile

Humans have always seen a causal link between real events and beings who ‘exist’ solely as fantasy. They have always felt the need to appeal to an all powerful being. Hence gods and cults of the sun, fertility, the sea, childbirth, the weather and so on.

Rational theory and investigation are much harder work. Science has gained strength only later in history, and cannot easily displace superstitious instincts and beliefs about causality long since fused with culture and sense of identity.

Egyptian and Roman gods have faded from human culture only to be succeeded by cults based on much the same levels of facile belief in supernatural beings. History shows that these recurring patterns of human thought are always served by successive invented systems of irrational belief and self-comfort.



If we are to have a discussion about religion, ALL religions are equally open to discussion. ALL religions must be examined under the same microscope of observation of human behavior. Neither Christianity, nor Judaism, nor Islam, nor any other of a thousand different religious ways of thinking in the last 5000 years, (a historical period we can observe and study and learn from), should escape such study, such rigorous examination of their constructs, nor what utility each served whatever group of human beings that did embrace or now embrace any such religious thinking human beings.

Examination of NON-belief systems of thought are equally open to observation and review, and will meet with equal scrutiny.

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