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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Religion and Intelligence

"Religion and Intelligence" by Vexen Crabtree (2007)

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Your many articles

Although I agree with much of what your saying, there appears to be an attitude problem in some segments of your presentations. Some segments are confrontational rather than informative. A greater amount of respectability for the essential thought contents of your writings may be achieved by avoiding this confrontational and sometimes denigrating stance. Nonetheless, I think you're brilliant.

May I share some of my own thoughts?

Religion appears to be a necessity for most people. I believe this is so because of two things:
(1) Man dreads the termination of existence and desires eternal life. Almost all religions promise life after death. Others dismiss death altogether, like the Buddhist concept of perpetual re-birth.
(2) Retribution. With man's innate desire for justice, no one should get away with evil deeds. Since many do get away with evil in their lifetime, there must be punishment in the afterlife.
The "gods" of these religions, one way or another, satisfy these two needs.

Most faiths have humanized their god. Christianity claims god made us in his image. It may be the other way around - christianity has created a god in man's image and even man's character is mirrored in its god.

Should we not create a sort of "credo" stating what we logically believe in rather than dismantling the beliefs of others?

My sincerest regards. I hope to interact with you.

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