Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
If you haven't read Daniel Dennett's latest book you might find it interesting.

One of his points (similar to yours) is that many people don't actually believe, but they believe in belief. That is the think that it is social useful for people to believe and try to instill this in their children. This is even the premise of the famous religious fallacy (from Descartes ?) that it is better to believe than not because if you don't and discover an afterlife then you will be punished for your disbelief, but if it turns out there is no afterlife then you have lost nothing by believing while alive.

The fallacy is that if God is really omnipotent than espousing a belief that you don't really hold or only hold out of fear won't "fool" him, so you gain nothing.

The real danger, of course, is that you have spent your life being the tool of some religious organization which has been telling you how to live your life.

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---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Tue May 22nd, 2007 at 06:20:21 PM EST
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