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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 5 2013: We are pattern seeking animals. Thats the good part
    We will take any pattern even if it is hogwash over no pattern at all. That is the bad part.
    Even with our knowledge today, we don't know everthing, there would still be a drive to explain unexplainable events.
    I think religion would probably spontaneously occur and then be corrupted into the power/control function it plays today.
    While I would not go as far as to call this "ignorance", in a sense it is ignorance of the forces driving the human condition.

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