Religion, Part 2: Consequences

Religion is Like Wisdom TeethFaith, by definition, does not base itself on facts or logic. Unsurprisingly, that has a wide variety of – when you think about them – extremely weird consequences. In countries with Sharia law, artificial insemination may only be performed by a woman’s husband and only with a husband’s sperm. In  In parts of India, they throw small children from rooftops to improve the children’s luck and health. Someone managed to convince a woman in Switzerland that she can live off of sunshine and that she doesn’t need food…so she died of starvation. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions, effectively preventing donating or receiving blood or organs. The Catholic Church considers condoms evil, but does not seem to mind millions dying from AIDS as a consequence. Abortion is not allowed, regardless of e.g. rape, health hazards etc. Religious differences have forced or prevented countless marriages…it is woefully easy to continue this enumeration ad nauseum. All of this stems more or less from faith, which is based on promises, instead of evidence and logic. All of it is useless, a lot of it is dangerous and some of it is fatal.

A less clean-cut consequence of faith and by extension religion is the cultural context it creates when it reaches a certain critical mass. The cultural context is one of Continue reading “Religion, Part 2: Consequences”


Religion, Part 1: Introduction

The problem with religions
The problem…one of the problems with religions

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then why call him omnipotent?
Is he able to prevent evil, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Than why call him God?
” [Epicurus, 341-270 BCE]

In its origins, religion probably appeared to satisfy a need for purpose and understanding in the face of very limited knowledge. Religion filled the void the only way it could: it prescribed truth, when no other truth was readily available. Continue reading “Religion, Part 1: Introduction”