Posted by Übermenschİ at as0-isdn-96.wustl.edu on August 22, 2003 at 14:10:27:
In Reply to: Since I missed out on the thick of the religion... posted by Queen of Urban Legend on August 22, 2003 at 13:28:42:
I was brought up Xian, I remember being "saved" and such garbage, but very rarely did my mother take me to church. As my mother gets older, she's becoming less hippy and more fundie. She didn't care for the fact that I outgrew Xianity but she's actually trying to prevent my little sis from learning more about other religions/philosophies (Wicca's what's piques her interest now, unfortunately).
I was about 15 when I decided that Xianity was bullshit; the hypocrisy and simple lunacy of it. Took only a little longer to realize that theism of any sort has no point. The crux of what I'm getting at is what proof of any god is there? None whatsoever. I don't completely discount the idea of a god-like being existing because lack of evidence does NOT disprove something. However, belief in a god just adds another unnecessary link in the chain of the universe and as Occam's Razor says, "One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything."
Religion exists to quell rational thought and subsequently maintain corrupt authority. Religion has the *occasional* good side effect of coercing humans to treat each other well (unfortunately, some people require the potential of divine smiting to keep in line).
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