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L.A. Hall

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Would religion exist if the first humans had our scientific knowledge?

I am steadfast in my opposition of religion.

I believe there is a beauty to mystery and living well. I believe religion unknowingly does its followers wrong. It tells them that all beauty you see is God's doing.

I believe God is the ultimate manifestation of not knowing the answers. He is the life-filled alternative to an "I don't know."

I believe religion functions as ethics, as philosophy, for those too weak to act good on their own fruition, and need some sort of motivation to be good: a ticket to heaven will do.

So, my question is this: do you believe that, if the first humans knew everything we know today -- about biology, chemistry, physics, economics, and so on -- would religion exist? If so, why? If not, would this be a good or bad thing?

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    Jan 3 2013: If you threw* back in time: a computer/hard drive with everything we know about modern science, everything.

    I think they would just make a religion out of all the material; cryptic language, fancy symbols, weird ideas...

    Could be turned into a religion much like ancient Islam - religion, politics and science all into one idea of God...

    Tough break.
    • Jan 4 2013: Yeah, they'd probably come up with Scientology.

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