What we don't need is a supernatural explanation for our behavior. For many of us, a supernatural explanation is impossible to reconcile with observed evidence. For others of us, we prefer not to assert a particular supernatural explanation, and some would just rather not have the decision made for us. Supernatural explanation removes doubt and destroys rational decision making. For whatever reason, we choose to separate our daily ritual and our moral values from any supernatural explanation.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The Power of Our Will
It's apparent that many people do need the community and ritual of religion, and that many people who don't believe in God still want these things. With a few exceptions, these rituals and moral codes have been in honor of a supernatural being. These rituals and moral codes have shaped our species. These practices - religions - elevate some behaviors to be holy, and condemn others to be damned. From the observation that people have followed these patterns before writing had been invented, it's apparent that many people need religion.