10th July 2008

“No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter than you and I; and all religion is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry.”

Edgar Allan Poe1809 – 1849

2 Responses to “10th July 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    Exactly! Isn’t it just stunning that people believe that centuries old texts that purport to know things that can’t be known? Two people that witness a car accident won’t agree on the speed of the cars or who was at fault, what color the cars were, the sex of the drivers. How on earth (I almost said God’s green) can people believe that stories written 70 years after the supposed life of Jesus are anything more than rough sketches of events that may have taken place? Life expectancy being around 30 years at the time, the authors of the first stories were two generations removed from the events.

    Isn’t it more likely they took older existing stories and adapted them for their own use in starting a religion. Ask L.Ron how profitable that can be. Or Joe (MOMO) Smith, con-man, cad, swindler. And don’t think Mohammad did bad with his bit of venture capitalism. Same play, different director.

  2. Terence Meaden Says:

    Like Edgar Allan Poe, Chris has said enough by way of summarising the fundamentals necessary for religious belief, namely its dependence on the credulity of the multitude through the quackery and deception of others. As I wrote in Atheistweb a few months ago, surely life on Earth did not evolve in order to produce humans in such a state of mass gullibility. It means that the human brain is only part way to evolved perfection.

    Religion is the outward manifestation of false beliefs that exist nowhere but inside people’s heads. ‘God’ is nothing but a fancy of storytelling that is just clever enough to convince the feeble-minded but not silly enough to be revealed to them as the imposter that it is; while being nonetheless blatantly obvious to the uninfected brains of the world’s freethinkers.