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Why do people believe in God? Some solid reasons for religiosity.

Updated on October 23, 2015
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Why do so many people believe in God?

Across the world, religion causes problems. In the name of Allah, some Muslims commit atrocities. In the name of some Hindu deity, some Shiva follower murders his sister or daughter for marrying the wrong man, and in some fundamentalist Christian belief system, some women are made second class citizens in the name of their god. But religion does good as well some would argue. The riposte to that is that atheists do good as well. Religion is not the sole repository of good in the world.

People believe in god for six reasons: fear, indoctrination, loss, difficulty, hope, and a need to make sense of their lives and the universe.

Einstein quote about religion
Einstein quote about religion

Fear

When we are frightened and there is no help, we have no one to turn to but god. In the hope that calling on god would change their current situation, many pray to god in moments and times of great desperation. I recall some years ago, a woman calling out to Jesus to help her as she was falling from a hot air balloon to her death. Naturally, she continued to fall. Gravity does not change its nature because we call out to god. Sometimes we are lucky and events turn out in our favour. For those who called out to god in those moments, this seems to be an answer to prayer and so they believe for the rest of their lives. For atheists who did not call out to god and where events turned out well, they simply thank Lady Luck and realize that it was a fortuitous meeting of cause and effect.

Sometimes an illness comes along and people grow frightened of their own passing. It is combined with a feeling of loss for all they know. In that case, they turn to god in prayer, hoping for healing. Sometimes it comes through the medication applied by doctors and others, and then this is attributed to the miraculous hand of god. Those of a great education would accept that modern science has its advantages.

Indoctrination

It is no coincidence that, for the most part, people believe in the god of their culture, the god of their parents, the god of their nation, the god of their people. This is because there is a silent indoctrination from an early age. Indoctrination is a sort of subtle education, a way of absorbing information through hearing it over and over again without any effort on our part.

So, for instance, when we consistently hear that we will be admired by our friends if we drive a particular brand of motor car, and if we want admiration, then we will be driven towards buying that car. We might say that we bought it because we liked it, but in the unconscious mind, the true reason lurks. Advertising indoctrinates. That is why it is so effective.

So does attending religious services. The more we hear something, the more we believe it, and we believe it regardless of whether it is true or not.

Many years ago, while living in London, I attended some courses at the University of London. The lecturer was speaking to us about advertising in the media. She referred quite frequently to the red walls of the room we were in. The lecture was forty five minutes or thereabouts. At the end of her talk, she asked us not to look around but close our eyes and put our heads on our desks. We did so. She then asked for a showing of hands as to the colour of the walls. Was the wall red? Ninety Of the forty three people attending, forty said yes. Was the wall green? Two said yes. Was the wall yellow? One said so. The truth? The wall was green.

Indoctrination is powerful. While some think they weren’t influenced by early conditioning, the fact is that people growing up in religious households or in an environment where there is frequent exposure to religious thinking are more likely than not to believe in a god.

Einstein on life after death and ethics
Einstein on life after death and ethics

Loss

We all experience loss in our lives, and for all of us, it seems unbearable at times. So some of us turn to god. In some way, we hope that a god would return that loss to us. Perhaps we lost someone whom we greatly loved and the thought that we will never see that person again, that they are gone for good, is beyond our ability to cope. So we turn to god, because god promises life after death, and we believe we will see our loved ones again.

Atheists accept that there is no life after death, and because they do, they cherish people and life more. They know that there are no second chances. They look after their health better, take fewer chances, are more calculated in their choices. After all, they can only rely on themselves and humanity.

There are other types of loss as well – the loss of income, the loss of our homes, the loss of possessions that meant much to us. All of this can make us seek out a god who can somehow recompense us.

Difficulty

Perhaps the most common reason so many turn to god is the difficulties they face in life. It is difficult to find a job. It is difficult to find a mate. It is difficult to understand why no one likes us. It is difficult to earn enough to pay the rent. It is difficult to get along with family. It is difficult to live in the country we live in. Life is always difficult for most people. And it is, therefore, no coincidence that most people believe in god. There is the hope that god will rescue them from their difficulty.

It’s also true that the more educated people are, the less they believe in god. Much belief in god can be circumvented simply through teaching them how to attain the things they want – provided they are not within the realm of miraculous. But how to find a job, how to earn more money, how to maintain health, etc. These are all questions that can be answered through sufficient education.

Unsurprisingly, there is little believe in god in those countries which provide good social services for those who cannot manage and where there is a high level of education. This is also why there is a high correlation between greater education and atheism.

Einstein called himself an agnostic
Einstein called himself an agnostic

A need for answers

We are all human, and because we are, we are curious. Monkeys are curious. Did you notice? So we ask questions, and a lot of those questions are unanswerable. Where do we come from? Who made the earth, the stars, life and death? What comes after death?

Again, the more educated people are, the more of these questions they can answer. Unhappily, not everybody has the capacity to understand evolution, the theory of relativity, the complexity of cause and effect, and even more unfortunately, many simply do not want to have accurate answers because that would interfered with their magical world view. Loss of their magical world view would mean that there is no hope for life after death, no magic potion for a love affair gone wrong, or no help when interviewing for a job.

Of course, there are questions that none of us can answer. Those who cannot live with that use the concept of ‘god’ as prime cause. Those who can say, “I don’t know the answer to that” can live quite uncomfortably without knowing all the answers.

"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my convictions..." Einstein in a letter to Joseph Dispentiere
"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my convictions..." Einstein in a letter to Joseph Dispentiere

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Hope - magical thinking

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for” was always a weird concept for me. Essentially it means that when hope reaches the point of the delusional belief that something exists when it clearly does not, we have reached a point of faith. Many pride themselves on having strong faith. It is actually more accurately described as strong delusion.

Yet so many religious people hope for things that they have not been able to attain and which they think, through belief in their deity, will somehow come into being. This is called magical thinking. It’s the belief that one’s thoughts will bring something into existence – Harry Potter style. Some know this as the Law of Attraction or The Secret. Unsurprisingly, people who believe in gods have no issue with accepting these magical belief systems.

Faith is a disaster for civilization because civilization dependent is on objective and accurate observation and measurement (science). Without those tools, we cannot invent, innovate, heal, repair, reach for the stars, or provide for all the people of this earth. The problem with faith is that if one is willing to be delusional in one aspect of one’s life, it quickly overtakes all one’s thinking. There is a reason that most scientists are atheists. Science calls for an ability to face reality, regardless of how harsh it is. That is the only way that they can make the discoveries that they do. They see where the evidence leads, not where the evidence must lead.

All in all, religious people look for something that doesn’t exist in a place where it can’t be found. They do so, because they so desperately want the thing that doesn’t exist and they look for it where no man has gone, because that way it can’t be proven that the place doesn’t exist.

For further reading on the religious views of Einstein.

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      cheaptrick 17 months ago from the bridge of sighs

      Well done.I've been asked what I believe in...As a died in the wool empiricist,the only possible answer was,I believe in right now...I'm all most sure of it...but don't quote me on that...

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      Religion has been the sole reason for the development of all culture, science, art,music, theatre, architecture etc etc. This has been catalogued by science and history for years. Only in the last few years have we seen a slight Western abadonment of religion and the adoption of a homogenous McCulture of boring inane materialism, a focus on fashion and Hollywood, gansta chic, porn, drugs, booze etc.

      Hope is a necessary human characteristic without which a gigantic existential void is created. Many atheists try to fill this void with McCulture and quasi religious personages such as Einstein. If we examine many other scientists such as Einstein's successor Kurt Godel and other greats such as Tesla we find far more believers.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Oztinato, on the contrary, the modern age rests on the age of reason - the enlightenment. Religion abounds in all primitive cultures - in the heart of Africa and the Amazon. Religion did not bring about science in these areas - nor did it bring civilization. You have a poor understanding of what both science and history is if you think that they 'catalogued the development of all culture, science, art, music, theatre, architecture, etc.' In fact, I would question your sources and your education.

      99% of scientists are atheists, and I highly question that Godel is Einstein's successor (where do you get your information from) and Tesla was more Buddhist than deist. Buddhist's don't believe in a personal god.

      As for atheists having a void in their lives, obviously you aren't one, otherwise you would know that is complete poppycock.

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      Kylyssa Shay 17 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      To those who believe in life after death and who think not thinking it were real would destroy you- That void that would show up if you were to remove religion from your life is where appreciating your life as it exists in reality would fit perfectly. If you didn't value the afterlife so much, you could learn to value life and the amazing things and people all around you. You could learn to value being a good friend and neighbor and helping out others if you saw that life here on earth is a wonderful gift, even if it's gotten by winning a wonderful lottery of happenstance.

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      Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      The biggest surprise that I got when I became an atheist is that people were so AFRAID of atheists! It seems people fear disbelief in their gods more than they fear the god itself.

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      Tess

      all indigenous cultures and all ancient and modern cultures practiced religions of one kind or another. We are all rooted in religions that stem back into history. You can't rewrite history.

      Buddhists have temples, gods and goddeses, they pray and have temples etc. Its once again a religion by all historical and social definition. Many atheists cling to Buddhism due to their existential void. If they don't cling to Buddhism they turn to McCulture as described.

      History also proves that until quite recently all scientists were devout believers.

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      Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      All early scientists were financed by religion because they were searching for god. Then scientists figured out that religion was just an opiaate for people, and a way for powerful people to control others. Religion never explained the reality universe. When scientists figured out that religion was nothing more than myths without any real substance, they left religion behind. Magic cannot be proven by science because magic isn't real.

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      Austin

      that is a very weak over generalisation.

      Recent surveys show a surfeit of scientist belivers and scientist agnostics.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Bernie Madoff Sanders, I studied anthropology University of South Africa 1975. My point was to counter the reasoning that religion was responsible for science, art, etc. If you're half way intelligent, you know that if you make that claim, then obviously religion must do that in all cultures. Clearly it didn't, which was my point.

      Regardless of which religion was practiced where, there are several factors that assisted in the development of mankind. Where climate was cold, there was greater development. Where there were rules, whether political or religious, that people didn't kill each other, civilization developed. In addition, one generation builds on the shoulders of the another, so if the previous didn't hand down the tools (writing, reading, rithmetic, etc), the the current generation couldn't progress.

      Religion has also been responsible for genocide, murder, forced conversions, theft, rape, and more.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Oztinato, let me, for the sake of getting back on topic, concede that some religions because they had certain ethics (rules for the greatest good) played a part in getting to where we are now. What has that to do with the topic I wrote about - the reasons people are religious?

      Next, in American you can get a science degree at the drop of a hat. I have one - in interior design. That's not science. In fact, 50 years ago, it was considered a trade. The only real sciences are biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc. In these sciences, 95% of scientists are atheists.

      So when you read things like this, in which just over half the 'scientists' in America believe in god, two things are apparent. The first is that what one gets a degree for in science in America would not be considered a science elsewhere. And the second thing is that this applies to America - not to scientists in other countries. And America only has 5% of the world's population.

      http://www.pewforum.org/2009/11/05/scientists-and-...

      On the other hand, The Royal Society in the UK is open to the most eminent scientists in the world and only 3.3% of them believe in some sort of god.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2111174/Int...

      Again, what has any of this to do with the content of the above article. Educated people stick to the topic and don't go off topic. In fact, in all university degrees (outside America) going off topic will lose you the mark. People only go off topic when they don't have the knowledge to speak about the current topic.

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      The topic why people are religious: as I said religion creates and sustains culture and human endeavour as evidenced by history. Religion fulfills a real existential void. These are very good reasons why people are religious. It is right on topic.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Oztinato, um. No, it absolutely does not. History is only a record of what happened. How one interprets history is quite another matter. For the record, the world has moved forward during the past 300 years as a direct result of the efforts of atheists and agnostics. Virtually every invention - antibiotics, computers, electricity, telephones, rocket ships, etc. were the brainchildren of atheists and agnostics.

      All that religion does is ensure that the people in power can control them easily.

      Most human inventions are the work of one or two people. They are NOT the work of the masses. The masses may benefit, but the inventions were only made by a small number of people.

      In addition, you are still off topic. The topic is WHY DO PEOPLE BELIEVE IN GOD. The topic is NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT Why religion is a good thing.

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Firstly thank you for sharing. A very interesting article with a lean. I must admit as a learning experience I stopped to look up some words for 'meaning'. Well done! causing it to be a good read for me with value :-)

      I agree the generalization with the western philosophical God helped me understand, but I discovered for me a greater value. I easily see the tie being made with religion and belief of 'a god', although what that god is may be where I depart with regard to religion.

      IMHO, Religion 'does need' the western or eastern philosophical 'God'. Those six subtopics are relevant with their good reasoning with 'any god'. For instance that god may be the NFL, a particular team, or perhaps a player and have the same impact. Perhaps it could simply be any belief with the mystery, intrigue, and complexity of the attached idealism. I will ponder more later . . .

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      Catherine Mostly 17 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Nice article and the reasonings you came up with are spot on. I used to be a conservative Christian before I 'saw the light'. If there is one recurring reason why people 'come to god' (within Christianity, anyway); is to 'finally realize' that 'Jesus is the way' after going through devastating personal crisis or harships. It is so sad, really... but, it is also very easy to see how their thinking can be swayed to salvation if a 'Christian' happens to be the one who ends up helping them. It's like that religion's #1 way to bring people into the faith - prey on their weaknesses.

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      Marian 17 months ago from NY

      I think Atheist's beliefs stems from when they can't come to grips with their conscience. How can one class oneself as low as to believe we were born for nothing. Good and bad are different for A reason. How come even antheists call to God when they are drowning in the river? Hence why do people who are none believers use swear words using the name of God? The bible has been here for thousands of years.What other book has made it's way that long?

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      Catherine Mostly 17 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I agree with Bernie - I think that percentage of scientists who are atheists is high. There are many many many Christians and people devoted to other religions who are 'into' things like science and technology, etc. I would guess that number is probably well-over 50%, but 99% sounds way too high.

      I will admit that it also seemed like you were 'using' Einstein throughout this article. Some of the things Einstein said about 'god' should probably be taken a little more in context. I'm not so sure that it was his intention to become the spokesperson for Athiests...

      Also, 'science' is barely barely barely beginning to expand its borders to do things like attempt to explain paranormal phenomenon. It is a very slowly developing field simply because you have to be able to think in 'the reality of this realm of existence' while examining theories about 'other realms or dimensions' that may exist beyond this one.

      Science is slowly moving into the more 'factless' frontiers - but, sciences rely on facts to establish explanations & hypotheses; so moving into areas where there are no pre-established ones for us to compare or validate requires the kind of tedious, nit-picky, long-term, painstaking research and experiments that only true scientists can tolerate over the course of decades and beyond.

      For instance, I don't think mankind has ever 'not been fascinated' with the science of Astronomy, even when we were living in caves. And, someday we may be able to easily communicate telepathically with each other (something that seems kind of 'magical' and impossible to us, now) - and scientists will be able to explain it.

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      Catherine Mostly 17 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Oh, MarianM... What a loaded question that can (and has been) blown out of the water many times over. Go do your research on the history of the church; who wrote that 'holy' book - and most imporantly, WHY was it written...

      Christians can never move beyond the shallowness of their brainwashed thinking until they stop believing 'what they've been taught'; and start seeking the truth out for themselves... The Medieval Age is OVER... We can all read for ourselves, now.

      Two good things I can say about the bible:

      1) Read the book of Ecclesiastes; it is the wisest and most profound book of wisdom ever written - the oldest manuscript in the world, long before it was included in any holy text (NOT written by Moses nor anyone he knew - although he may have had a copy of the manuscript as a Prince in the Egyptian Court or via the time he spent with his wife's father - who was supposedly a spiritual mentor for him. That is, IF you believe that the character of Moses was real. ;)

      2) The only 'absolutely-true spiritual things' that Jesus supposedly said in the New Testament are: "The truth shall set you free; and you shall be free, indeed." AND "Knock and the door will open; Seek and ye shall find..."

      There is no REAL God who would be afraid of ANY sincere question from a devout believer; and the 'God of Christians' is not afraid of your questions, either... I know, because I questioned him over and over and over again for decades. That's how I know that the 'set you free' part is soooooooooo ridiculously true. ;)

      Most Christians are in so much bondage and don't realize it - and its all in their heads.

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      Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Misfit (Catherine) - You said it best - "Most Christians are in so much bondage and don't realize it - and its all in their heads."

      Becoming agnostic or even becoming a scientist means that you will "see the light". You will be able to SEE reality and once seen, it can't be unseen. It's like one of those weird kind of psychedelic drawings that have a hidden picture - once your brain sees past the weird squiggles and lines and colors and shows you the true picture inside all of the "noise", you will see reality forevermore.

      Religious people have had their brains bombarded by this NOISE. It is a cacophony of half-truths, myths, legends, repetitious nonsense, forced thinking, misdirection, infighting, faulty interpretations, extreme faulty translations, and all manner of lies. Like the Chinese whisper game, religion may have started out one way, but it has been perverted over thousands of years into the supreme brainwashing it is today.

      And truly, once you SEE the truth and the reality of the world, you will be free. Free from believing that women are mere property of men. Free from believing that slavery is acceptable to a fictitious god. Free to allow humans to make mistakes and not call it "sin". Free to live your life as you were meant to live, not as you are told to live. Free to love, free to think, free to question, free to explore, free to enjoy your life, free of all the horrid guilt that religion imposes on its followers.

      Religion (any religion) is a system of beliefs. If what you believe is wrong, you need to figure that out. Then you will be free to understand how great the universe truly is.

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      vtibbetts 17 months ago

      I don't know much of Einstein's history, but after reading his first quote, I wonder if he was a father of a child.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Lawrence01, I got as far as the part where your father saw a man paralyzed from the waist down get up and walk. Yes, I've also been in prayer meetings and healing sessions where those kind of things took place. Only they didn't. However all the deluded, uneducated, non-observant people who attended, when told by the pastor that the man could now walk without walking sticks, were convinced that they had seen what he said they had. If you have read read the tale of the prince's clothing, you'll understand that some people are incapable of independent thought and analysis. They're also part of group think. So I didn't read any further. Just deleted it. That remains my right. I will NOT under any circumstances allow my posts to promote anything that is unscientific.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Miriam M. The evidence says otherwise. In terms of ratio, Christianity has the highest number of people in prison while atheists have the least. In terms of ethics, atheists are the most ethical while religious people are the least ethical. In terms of education and intelligence, atheists score the highest degree of education and religious people have the least education and are the most stupid. In terms of marriage, atheists have the most stable marriages and Christians the least stable marriages. In terms of knowing the bible and about comparative religion, religious people know the least and atheists know the most.

      Just the fact that you have made the statements that you have reflects your general ignorance

      Of course, you didn't deal with the topic because it's too close to the truth and you can't handle that.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      All I can say is you didn't know my Dad! I've seen itself myself, people healed, lives changed but then we 'christians' are weak minded and easily led! I suggest you read my hub

      Lawrence

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Misfit Chick, Bernie Madoff Sanders did not say that most scientists were atheists. I did. He said that most scientists were believers. The fact is that internationally, 97% of scientists are atheists (in the first world). The only country in the first world where that isn't true is America, and that, depending on what you call science, is half half. That said, the rest of the first world is predominantly agnostic, atheist, secular.

      I see you believe in God. So which of the above reasons applies to you. Also, this isn't hubpage forum. I am an atheist. Hardcore. And I have no tolerance for religion. So please don't discuss religion on my page. The above topic is a psychological evaluation of why people believe - not a debate forum between Christians and atheists.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Misfit Chick, Bernie Madoff Sanders did not say that most scientists were atheists. I did. He said that most scientists were believers. The fact is that internationally, 97% of scientists are atheists (in the first world). The only country in the first world where that isn't true is America, and that, depending on what you call science, is half half. That said, the rest of the first world is predominantly agnostic, atheist, secular.

      I see you believe in God. So which of the above reasons applies to you. Also, this isn't hubpage forum. I am an atheist. Hardcore. And I have no tolerance for religion. So please don't discuss religion on my page. The above topic is a psychological evaluation of why people believe - not a debate forum between Christians and atheists.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Lawrence01, I don't need to know your dad to know that what he says he saw is absolutely and utterly impossible. It just didn't happen. I spent 10 years as a fundamentalist Christian and I have never met so many deluded, unethical, stupid people in my life.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TOPIC IS WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE. THIS IS NOT A DEBATE ON WHETHER GOD EXISTS OR NOT. ALL POSTS THAT ARE OFF TOPIC WILL BE DELETED.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Thanks for the reply, but I'm not sure what you found offensive inthe comment that you had to delete it?

      Was it that I disagreed with you in some areas?

      By the wat your stats on the number of scientists who are atheists is wrong as 8% believe in creation and almost 40% are 'agnostic' who just don't kniw if there isa God or not!

      So much for your stats

      Lawrence

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Lawrence01 Your comments are off topic, and I spent decades of my life hearing this stuff from Christians. I have no time for it now. It's nonsense. I don't care how politely you write it, it's still nonsense. I gave a link for the Royal Society where the world's most eminent scientists (the one's that are real scientists and have actually produced something) are members of, and 97% of them are atheists. Only 3% believe in a god.

      So, no, my stats are not wrong. One doesn't get more prestigious than The Royal Society. I have already provided a link in one of my responses. Please provide a link to back your figures.

      Agnostics say there is no evidence for a god and if the evidence if found they will believe in god. Atheists say that because there is no evidence for a god, they don't believe there is a god. However, atheists also indicate that if there is evidence for a god, then they will accept it. Both atheists and agnostics are evidenced based. Religious people are faith based, i.e. in the face of all evidence to the contrary, they will continue to believe which is quite obviously proven to be untrue.

      I always provided links for my stats. I suggest you do the same.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2111174/Int...

      This topic is closed. I do not debate religion with religious people. This topic is a psychological evaluation of why people believe. Either provide psychological evidence to disprove what I say, or don't comment.

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      On a psychological level religion has been instrumental for thousands upon thousands of years in giving people mental stability and mental health. This powerful rock solid psychological stability is just one of the many reasons why people find religion a necessary part of life.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Oztibato, please also give me a scientific paper that proves or shows that countries which are religious have more, secure, happy people than countries which are irreligious.

      Studies show that people in western Europe (countries which are predominantly secular) are happier and more well adjusted than Americans. They are also better off financially.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      The middle east is very religious Oztibato. It is also extremely violent do religion has not brought stability. Secular countries are the most stable in the world.

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      Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      MarianM - NOBODY is saying that you came from a "monkey". Why do people keep repeating this?

      We are part of the ape family of animals. Both apes and humans are related somewhat like cousins. BOTH apes and hominids came from a common ancestor like a tree grows from a root base and then splits out into different branches.

      You keep repeating the creationists mantra, but it never was and never will be true. You are just repeating a misunderstanding of evolution. Why don't you take a class and learn reality? Every living thing on earth came from proteins and DNA/RNA/molecular structure. We are all related. We are all carbon based life forms.

      Our shapes are determined by BILLIONS of years of evolution. We did not come from a "magic" finger pointing to the dirt.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 17 months ago from South Africa

      Austinstar, I will be deleting all future posts from Christiians. Don't bother to reply to them. Just too time consuming.

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      Prabhat Parimal 15 months ago from India

      Nice article! Very true!

      Homo sapiens create fiction and believe in them. According to evolutionary psychology it helped build trust among people which in turn helped manage larger groups.

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      stella vadakin 11 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Great article, and I respect everyone's opinion. When a person gets older they really find different answers. Your age plays a large part in how you even discuss the why people believe. It maybe they are ready to believe.

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