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Fulfilling Human Needs

One of the mealy-mouthed apologias for religion made by those who have not the guts to say, “A cosmic tyrant exists, deal with it”, is that religion “fulfils human needs”. Does that mean that it is true? They never tell us, and they never tell us either just what it might say about our species […]

Posted on June 28, 2009 at 09:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Denying Or Imposing Our Will

Some people consider that religion and magic are opposites, for example the Christians who want Harry Potter banned; many atheists consider religion and magic to be more or less the same thing, under the heading of mumbo-jumbo or woo-woo. The first group are constitutionally unable to see that they are practicing magic and sorcery themselves, […]

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 11:00 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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Religion Or Technology In The Rain-Forest

It is an old joke, but also a true observation, that whenever archaeologists unearth an object of unknown purpose, they designate it as “cultic”. This is a serious matter, for it exemplifies a regress: if we interpret everything in sight as being religion, then the proposition that man is a religious being becomes irrefutable, because […]

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 08:20 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Last Judgment

Certain elements of religious doctrine may be seen as symbolic transpositions of evolutionary predicaments. Temple Judaism, for example, was a set of instructions for the survival, prosperity, multiplication and military victory of a particular genetic lineage, or at any rate of a polity that was deemed to share such a lineage. Whether in its valetudinarian […]

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 08:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Heavenly And Earthly Rewards

The greatest lie ever told by believers is that their love of God is disinterested. Religion is almost invariably a technology for achieving the same goals – economic, social, political and emotional – as are desired by the irreligious. That is to say, religion is a toolbox for obtaining money, power, security, happiness, imaginative revenge […]

The Four-Cell Model

The world does not satisfy our desires, including the desire not to suffer the consequences of our desires. There are two things we can do about this: change the world or change our desires. It may incautiously be assumed that these two methods are technology and religion respectively. This would be quite wrong, because religion […]

Religion And The Animal Agenda

Religion generally seeks to instruct us in how to create functioning earthly societies by threatening or bribing us with supernatural sanctions or unearthly paradises. The believer and the atheist thus share the same goals, but disagree about how to achieve them. This being so, we might as well call religion a set of techniques for […]

Prayer, Sorcery And Taxicabs

A hundred years ago, people used to distinguish between Higher Religions, centred on scriptures with a high ethical content, and lower ones, seen as primitive idolatries, focused on cutting lucrative deals with petty godlings. This rather ignored the number of devotees of the Higher Religions who were intent on cutting lucrative deals too. Such an […]

Posted on July 5, 2009 at 09:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Some Fatal Miss-Steps

Let us imagine what the social services call “a problem family” doing a moonlight flit from its creditors in the Big City. Wherever they go, they steal anything not nailed down. (The social services can tell you all about their equivalents today.) This develops into your typical sociopathic robber clan. At some point, either within […]

The Greediest Religion

It is often claimed that Christianity took its ethics from the not necessarily theistic philosophies of Antiquity. There is, of course, a lot of common ground. In one respect, however, this is spectacularly wrong. Stoicism, the philosophy most fingered in this context, taught us to bring out will into conformity with how the world is. […]