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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 4 2013: I arrived at Christianity after studying the way the world works; so folks like me would still believe, as the information is the same. There seem to be folks that are open to God, & folks who aren't. One set read the data one way, the others read it the other way. The content of the data seems, to me, to be irrelevant, we will skew it to suit ourselves.

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      Jan 4 2013: this is in fact a better answer than it seems at a glance. indeed, we live in an era of science, yet many people are untouched by it. we can fly to the moon, but some people doubt evolution. only one seventh of the world's population are christians, and nobody was christian 2000 years ago, yet some people claim that moral can only originate from god. being exposed to science does not mean it penetrates under the skin. most people can benefit from science, yet do not understand of believe in it.
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        Jan 5 2013: Do you think an 'I don't know but want to' is better than investing your faith in uncertainty? “Anyone who expresses a definitive response to the question, "does the universe have a purpose." or, "is there a god?" is claiming access to knowledge not based in empirical foundations. This remarkably persistent way of thinking -- common to most religions and some branches of philosophy -- has failed badly to understand, and thereby predict, the operations of the universe.” -- Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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