I blog about religious issues, so it might seem counter-intuitive to post something against religion. But no matter what good comes from religious people, and no matter how much I think about God-related stuff, I’ve spent most of my adult life thinking Blaise Pascal was right to say much strongly motivated evil stems from religious convictions. (Pascal had more depth, breadth, and nuance in his thinking than his famous Wager, taken by itself, might suggest.)
In our time, Bob Dylan seems to have the same idea as Pascal:
“Religion is a dirty word. It doesn’t mean anything. Coca-Cola is a religion. Oil and steel are a religion. In the name of religion, people have been raped, killed, and defiled. Today’s religion is tomorrow’s bondage,” Dylan once said, as quoted in Dylan: The Biography by Dennis McDougal.
h/t to J.D. Landis
Please also see Bob Dylan on Morality.
I’m still busy with grading and family life, but I took a look at my Twitter feed, and I saw this, FWIW:
My question to myself: Is my tendency toward belief like a cognitive bias? I’m not sure what evolutionary purpose would be served by a belief in an unseen being. I wonder, for example, do chimps and gorillas have some kind of assumption about an unseen Creator? And either way, what would the answer really mean?
Incidentally, I find this part of the study’s abstract easy to believe: “These results suggest that the tendency to view nature as designed is rooted in evolved cognitive biases as well as cultural socialization.” Especially the “cultural socialization” aspect. I’m still wondering if belief could be strictly and only a cognitive bias.
[Edited Nov. 15, 2017, 9:12 a.m.]
Women are more likely to be religious, and among atheists, women are the minority, according to recent data from the Pew Research Center.
The first two of these three graphics are based upon surveys of men and women, ages 20 or older, in 192 countries:
Women make up the majority of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and an unidentified selection of smaller religious groups:
The United States is sometimes maligned as a religious, patriarchal nation. To the maligners: Why are so many patriarchs atheists and so many matriarchs believers? No one in the U.S. makes a free adult get out of bed on a Sunday morning, and no one makes a free adult hold faith-in-a-higher-power as a background belief. See the graphic below, and consider the population numbers and cultural diversity represented by the listed nations:
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When the neighborhood Anglican Church starts another Baptist Bible study.
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Deadline Hollywood says:
“Peter Fonda is set for a starring role in The Most Hated Woman in America, the true story of Madalyn O’Hair, an atheist who got the Supreme Court to overturn prayer in public schools. Netflix is financing the motion picture with Melissa Leo starring…
“Fonda will play Reverend Harrington, a con-artist preacher who partners with O’Hair to do a tour of revival meetings to prey on the God-fearing aspect of his followers. Leo will portray O’Hair, the outspoken and overbearing founder of American Atheists, whose eloquent, impassioned speeches in favor of separation of church and state were much at odds with her unethical business practices (the Internal Revenue Service had long-suspected that she moved the organization’s money into overseas bank accounts to avoid taxes).”
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Zealous leader, the more you try to save us from ourselves, the more we need to be saved from you.