The mysteries of life's meaning and what happens to us after we die have led people to develop supernatural belief systems since the dawn of man. Religion provides the assurance that life is not merely an abitrary accident and that our souls survive eternally. The belief in God allows for unavoidable justice that evil people who can never pay for their crimes in life will pay for in the afterlife. It is a valid position to deny the existence of any realm beyond the physical but it is also valid to contemplate what we cannot know. Attacking religion cannot bring enlightenment.
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Thanks for your take on this question. I am not religious but am concerned over the spike of intolerance from people who claim to be reasoned. It's as if anti-religious zealots are trying to one-up their dogmatic counterparts.
Good point, veritorogue. Once dogmatic myself, I remember a comment about being 'intolerant of intolerance.' Also, a t-shirt printed with the message, 'Jesus, save me from your followers.' New-agers and agnostics can be as dogmatic as a zealot.
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I found your response to be very interesting and entertaining. Thanks for applying your insight regardless of anyone's beliefs. Your writing is what kept me most interested.
Yes. Unfortunately speaking one's mind sometimes and trying to avoid being preached at means you're denying religious freedom to some of the fundies.... at least in their mind
Free thinking and expressing opinions is one thing but there is a great degree of hostility, hate and intolerance towards religion and the faithful. That is not to say that there is much of the same from religious people but the hipocrisy is glaring.
There is little hostility towards religion that wasn't started by an intolerance of non-believers on the part of someone who was a devout believer. Atheist ideas are constantly seen as a direct, personal attack on religion.