Mankind believes in God because most of mankind cannot help themselves to not believe. The majority of Mankind appears to need simple answers when something is unexplainable (how we got here), or horribly indifferent. 

God or religion is like comfort food for even those who are intelligent and inventive. Just look at 9-11 and the collapse of the Twin Towers.

For the past 10 years I have listened to "God Bless America" to honor the victims. Every time I hear "God Bless America" I see two large jet planes hitting the World Trade Center, I see trapped people, fire licking at their feet, hurtling out of windows, I hear their loud thuds as they hit the side walks, I wonder if they were singing "God Bless America" as they came down, I see the unbelievable image of two massive buildings collapsing into a pile of dust, rubble and molecules, trapping numerous firefighters and others-----Two 1,500 foot buildings that disappear!

"God Bless America'? You have got to be kidding! How about "God Bless the Holocaust" as a memorial to the 11,000,000 victims each May when Germany was defeated? 

Given this--we will continue to sing "God Bless" anything, in order to try and get comfort that,(though there isn't), some sense to be made of this glorious thing called life---a grand experiment.

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Comment by James Wilcott on February 23, 2012 at 4:59pm

This is a rather pessimistic view, and one that neglects to account for general societal shifts, of which there have been and will be many, sparked by things like the relatively recent introduction of modern science - which gives us a much better explanation for most things - and the internet, which has given a new generation a very comprehensive view of religion's heinous side-effects. 

Furthermore, I reject the idea that human beings need or even prefer "simple" explanations for things. I certainly don't, and neither do most of my friends, nor my family, nor many of my acquaintances. Children, as Neil Tyson has pointed out, are born scientists. They want to know how the world really works. Religion propagates itself by suffocating children with tradition, authority, and fear. There is no essence of necessity involved. 

What you have essentially said is that there are two classes of people: those who need to believe and those who do not. For those of us in the latter category - great. We have a natural talent for not being delusional. For those in the former - well, you're just out of luck, I guess. 

The fact that most people do believe is not logically indicative that most people believe by necessity. That is an unfounded assumption, and one that aims itself at just the kind of division for which religion is responsible, and by which religion harms society. This is not to say that aren't correct about the idea that god can be a comforting notion. However, to say that "most people can't help it," not only vastly underestimates most people, it isn't really evidenced by history, recent or otherwise. 

Religion is comparable to drugs in that they can both be comforting. But - undoubtedly, as is shown by the mere fact that so many people do - we can get by without them, and with any luck, we will. 

Comment by dragotron on February 23, 2012 at 11:25pm

I think its not that humans are hardwired to have religious belief.. I think it's that humans are hardwired to fear what they don't understand... and what do we understand least of all? Death... so in order to cope we have to make up stories... we go to a better place... we become one with the universe.. whatever hocus pocus people believe.

Comment by T A A on February 24, 2012 at 12:36am

I don't agree that some people are hard-wired for belief. What Homo sapiens are hard-wired for however is to learn from parents. So whether the parents teach falsehoods or truth, Children will learn from their parents. The truth factor does not enter into the equation at a very young age.Hormonal changes causes pre teen to question parenting, learning, and creates the desire to branch off on one's own. This is a normal biological process. The degree/depth/narrowness of indoctrination determines the persistence of the learning. Nobody NOT exposed to supernatural can imagine supernatural. It is a fabrication of the minds of people who seek power over their peers.

Comment by Dale Headley on February 24, 2012 at 4:53am

   I'm sorry, but I fail to see anything in this idiosyncratic commentary that even suggests, much less proves, that "God is not bullshit."  In fact God IS bullshit of the first order of bullshit.  FYI: I never sing that song.  Nor do I recite "under God" when I speak the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.  I recite the pledge as it was when I was in school - before the right wing Republicans decided to insert their imaginary deity into it.

Comment by Logicallunatic on February 24, 2012 at 6:53am

What is it about a non-defined, extremely improbable, mindless, timeless superpower that isn't bullshit? Just wondering.

Comment by Ed on February 24, 2012 at 8:00am

Belief in a diety may not be bullshit but it is certainly full of crap.

Comment by Emperor Milos on February 24, 2012 at 10:16am


That just may be my favourite comment ever.

Comment by Kristian Ayanna Thomas on February 24, 2012 at 3:50pm

Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people.

Comment by T A A on February 24, 2012 at 5:29pm

All life kills all life, nothing to do with gods. A world without gods would still likely have wars.

Comment by SteveInCO on February 25, 2012 at 1:30am

Humans are hardwired to believe what adults tell them; at least they are as children.  (It's not quite foolproof and can be overcome, fortunately.)

So one generation believing the bullshit leads to the next.  Occasionally someone breaks out and becomes an atheist; more often someone breaks out and founds a new religion so now we can have religious warfare on top of religion.  Hell of a deal.


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