There’s a whole lot of holier-than-thou smart guys running about, telling the rest of the world that religion is a whole bunch of hooey.
They might be right.
Then again, what’s their problem?
My guess is that they are blaming a whole lot of badness on the fact that religion exists, and a whole lot of people claim to be religious.
First off, I don’t think you can actually blame religion itself for much badness in the world. Sure, Daesh and Taliban claim to act for religious reasons. Religious states such as the Vatican or Israel also claim to made their decisions based on holy texts. Political demigods such as Erdogan and Trump are in the same category in that they have based much of their public appeal on religious grounds.
Wait! There are so many examples where religion is the basis of great evils in the world. Doesn’t this mean that religion must be the bad guy here?
No, definitely not. It’s not logical, it’s not scientific, it’s not fair. Only because all these players use religion to further their own selfish purposes doesn’t mean that religion itself is the bad guy.
Religion is a device that helps holds groups together. I talked about this earlier.
I was going to talk about heaven here, but this point is probably more than enough for now. So, heaven is just going to have to wait.
See you next time!