What is needed is not that a religion be true, meaning that what it claims exist beyond the ink it is written with in a holy book. That is hard to prove. What is important is that a religion be a good system to help us mere mortal deal with our short and troubled life in the universe. Whether what we hope for in the afterlife materializes or not is not important, what is important is that we believe it will materialize and that gives us hope.

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Faith is throwing yourself into the arms of the unknown and trusting that you will be safe in the hands of that monster

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For good people to do evil doesn’t require only religion, or even any religion, but simply one of it’s key elements: belief without evidence-in other words, faith.
And that kind of faith is seen not just in religion, but any authoritarian ideology that puts dogma above truth and frowns on dissent.
This was precisely the case in the totalitarian regimes of Maoist China and Stalinist Russia, whose excesses are often (and wrongly) blamed on atheism.

Faith vs. Fact. p. 220

… Science is constantly proved all the time. You see, if we take something like any fiction, any holy book… and destroyed it, in a thousand years’ time, that wouldn’t come back just as it was. Whereas if we took every science book, and every fact, and destroyed them all, in a thousand years they’d all be back, because all the same tests would [produce] the same result.

Don’t curse the gods; you will feel shame when you have to call on them for help

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Atheism is not against god, it is against the religious establishment who use god they have never seen or heard from to establish their influence over the minds of men.

Each mind conceives god in its own way. There may be as many variation of the god figure as there are people in the world

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Spiritual leaders, priests and prophets are lamps burning in the dark, seeking meaning for humanity.

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