posted on Oct, 25 2009 @ 02:39 AM
OP - while I understand you are not particularly making an argument - however I have a couple of comments.
I don't think people need god as an excuse to be good to each other.
If there were no religions - there would still be charitable groups who help people when they need it - its not supernatural - it is the conscience
and empathy that we all share, we all know what suffering looks like - and we all feel a desire to help. (Unless we don't particularly associate
ourselves with humans).
The absence of belief is not the opposite of belief (that would be disbelief) - it isn't even in the same dimensions - it is something else
The arguments from atheists are however often based on disbelief, rather than lack of belief - which is fairly short sighted. Agnosticism is of
course my position - but I understand others need for certainty - though I disagree with it in principle, feeling that humans are too limited to ever
know any truth.
The detractors of religion should focus, I think, on the behaviors of religious persons and institutions, not on the existence or non-existence of
god, the former has a great and varied body of evidence - the latter only pure speculation.
While ignorance and intolerance blast out of them (religious persons and institutions) like gamma radiation, should moral people simply accept their
list of 'good deeds' as justification for their existence?
Does the 'blessing' of hope extinguish the value of rational thought?
Does the faith feed the hungry? Or prayer heal the sick?
While it is possibly unfair to deny people their personal optimistic fantasies - while ignorance and intolerance are elevated as virtues, then there
is a need to illuminate the adverse effects of those positions on society - especially on the minds of children.
Without practical action within the realm of our understanding - then all is simply wishful thinking.
Wishful thinking is precisely as effective as no thinking at all.