WHY RELIGIONS ARE FALSE, OUTDATED AND DANGEROUS
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Religious beliefs and institutions continue to be the cause of many problems around the world. Over the last 100,000+ years humankind has gone through three different phases in trying to understand and explain how things came to be: The Magical, The Religious and now The Scientific.
Is it now time to dispense with mythology and superstitions as a way to live our lives and fully embrace the scientific method?
This book incisively scrutinises religions, refuting their claims by assessing the evidence from cosmology, palaeontology, evolutionary biology, theology, philosophy, morality and the scientific method. The analysis is sprinkled throughout with humour and quotes to keep the reader engaged from start to finish.
It also includes images especially commissioned by renowned cartoonist Andrew Weldon, whose works appear regularly in The Age newspaper, The Big Issue magazine as well as having been published in The New Yorker and The Spectator (UK).
Stephen Fry when asked what he would say if he met god. A great response.
Some quotes and images from the book
Chapter 8 - Can we move on from religions?
"Secular moral philosophy ended slavery, implemented suffrage, set up societies to protect animals and continues to fight for equality. If the religious structures and laws had everything correct, why would we have needed “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, which came into being in 1948? Why do we need secular laws and courts and why have they now replaced religious legal systems in most countries? Is it because the laws laid down in the old texts can be updated, improved upon and made more relevant to our times? We only require improvements to systems that are inadequate. And if gods supposedly gave them, are these gods therefore inadequate?"
Chapter 9 - Good and bad
"Tribalism is an innate part of all of us and religion certainly helps us to feel that we are part of a particular and often large tribe. But the question that we must ask is this: is the religious form of tribalism the one that we want to keep for humanity? Are there other less divisive tribalisms that can create and maintain similar positive bonds between family members and groups of human beings?"
Chapter 11 - Where to from here?
"Living without religion may not appeal to everyone. A secular life is based primarily on truths, while emotional comforts may appear to come second. With religions, these two priorities are often the opposite way around, and comfort from beliefs (or discomfort from obedience to rules) is the utmost priority.
Interestingly, in the many discussions that I have been a part of or observed, non-religious people seem to be more at ease with life and death and what they wish to get out of their lives in comparison to adherents, who tend to be constantly looking for something extra or a connection to something they are unlikely to find. The believers appear to be living lives of “never good enough” or “striving to follow the God-given rules”. And, yes, most of us would like to be on a constant path of self-improvement; however, who is one trying to be a better person for? Among believers, it is mostly for their god/s, while among non-believers it is mostly for humanity and all other living things."