Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


THE TOXIN OF PROPAGANDA: MIRACLE

The quest for miracles is the quest for religious propaganda: "Hey Jesus is the Son of God because he raised the dead and turned a few loaves of bread into a ton of it to feed thousands of people!" If Jesus is indeed God's son, we can honour him implicitly if his teaching advocated good deeds and warmth towards others. If you are a truly good person who feeds the hungry and clothes the naked etc and avoids the vices of pride, laziness etc you don't need to believe in Jesus or to know he is the Son of God. Good religion would be about doing good works and not about dogma. And therefore not about miracles. Jesus raising the dead is not about Jesus doing good works or being a good role-model. It is about getting attention for an interpretation of Jesus. Ultimately, it is not even about Jesus. It's about giving Christians the ego buzz one gets when others agree with one's absurd positions religious or otherwise.