There are some social constructs that explain religion

If we set aside all the fallacies of a monotheistic religion, even as an atheist I can understand some of why religion has a basis in history. 


In a time when there wasn't science, people needed to explain what they couldn't understand.  God or gods filled the void.  Even in those days two plus two equaled four.  If your people didn't have monogamous relationships, terrible diseases would fall upon the people.  Still true today.  I am not saying that lifestyle is wrong but the best way to protect yourself is, well, to protect  yourself.  Our ancestors didn't have that option.


Similarly to eat pork, the non cud chewing cloven beast, was to partake of the unclean animal - historically trichinosis would and did kill many of humans.  It was God's will.  Or just a way to explain what couldn't be understood at the time.  The same for shell fish and red tides.


Religion is now, as it has been in the past, a way to explain what we do not understand.  As humans have evolved into a more scientific understanding of many aspects of life, it has been difficult to  resist the change against what would appear to be proper etiquette in terms of the mores that have dictated human morality for eons. 


We should at the very least in our journey pay homage to the history that got us to this level, even as we reject it.  The earth is not the center of the universe.  We now know where sexually transmitted diseases come from.  Safer husbandry practices have all but obliterated trichinosis in swine.  Nothing is quite like bacon.  (My humble apologies to the vegans out there.)


It was the best humanity could do at the time.  Yes, it is time to move on, but. . . it is our collective history.  From east to west, north to south, religion has been the way humanity has defined our cultures and our societies.  Right or Wrong.  I am proud to be part of the movement to a more rational, educated way of thought, but there is still respect due for how we got here.





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Comment by Boci Boci Tarka on April 22, 2011 at 6:31am
You are right, but what was once useful is now a setback as it usually results in division amongst people and promotes overpopulation (as you already know).
Comment by Janet Richter on April 22, 2011 at 10:46am

I agree with both of you.  At this point the sheer nonsense of organized religion is a detriment to society.  Overpopulation is but one issue, war is a larger issue.  All wars are fought based on ideological differences.  Basically one side saying I'm right and you're wrong - AND I am willing to kill you over it.  It has only been in our lifetime that the basis for war has changed from religious differences and been supplanted by the need for oil.


Fear-mongering is still the favorite trump card being played.  I do believe that it is time for a more rational discussion and that I do not need the crutch of religion or God to be a good and moral person.  I just understand why religions have been an important part of the history of mankind.  For me this is an important fact, I need to know why something was relevant in order to better understand why it is no longer relevant.  I hope that makes some sense.


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