quote: And yet, ironically enough, if everyone believed as you do the world would be far worse off than it is. You should "praise science" that people believe in God.
quote: The fact of the matter is, belief in God (thus believe in eternal consequence) is what keeps a very large percentage of the populace from doing terrible things on a regular basis in order to "further" themselves.
quote: 95% of people don't need any fear of punishment to behave like normal human beings and 95% of the rest get plenty of fear from regular, earthly punishment.
quote: During the storm and it's immediate aftermath, when the rule of law collapsed, there was looting, mugging, and raping on a scale seldom seen in the US.
quote: 1). On the other hand, deciding that I am an atheist (I am not) simply because I feel that religion isn't the biggest driver of morality is a bit inflammatory.
quote: Religion would have me continue in that suffering based on the belief that God would throw people into Hell for committing suicide.
quote: a pretty destructive and out-of-balance species
quote: ANYTHING that challenges their world view must be wrong.
quote: Lack of belief in something in and of itself is not a belief.
quote: A little over a hundred years ago, most christians celebrated and studied the teachings of jesus but took most of the other stories in the bible as exactly that... stories.
quote: Not arguing either point, staying out of this mostly, but I'm just curious how you have factually stated this, and that "literalism" is prevalent today. Was there some study or poll done that you could link please to show this? If it's just your opinion, that's cool. But it was stated as an absolute fact.