"My personal theory is that the leaders of the churches are themselves nonbelievers and incredibly good opportunists."
How eerie. That's exactly my suspicion as well. I doubt that all of them can be painted with the same…"
"What you say makes a lot of sense, and perhaps it could be reduced to just your first reason. I say that under the assumption that having control over people would not be a very satisfying end in itself. In the case of the church, the controlling…"
"The 'church' was developed to do only two things: amass wealth, and control people. That's all it does. There is, as you know, absolutely no evidence of a supernatural anything, much less a, jealous, hateful, dictatorial, inept,…"
I would like to know some views as to what the religious really want to achieve, and what drives them. It is easy to assume that the flock is caught up in group-think (or no thinking at all), but can it really be that simple? I have basically two concerns about the religious, and these essentially relate to their embracing of ignorance and bad science. First, I don't want them to implement a theocracy and influence laws which limit my freedoms or impose their views on secular society. A…See More
"I was in the Navy during the 70s and early 80s and was both gay and atheist. But I was closeted. One event in particular contributed to my enduring contempt for the christian church and a not-so-great self-image. I decided to attend church one day…"