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Christianity &Islam &Judaism Thomas on 06 Dec 2011 12:34 am

Is religion really this stupid?

In the following video, Patton Oswalt proposes a theory for religion:

His basic idea is that some people are stupid enough to believe in ideas like “life after death” and “heaven”, as well imaginary people floating in the sky, and these people will modify their behavior based on these ridiculous beliefs.

Any intelligent person who has ever looked at the biology of cells understands that there is no “life after death” – the idea of life after death is ridiculous and impossible. And any intelligent person who has taken the time to read the Bible understands that the Christian “god” is imaginary, as are all other “gods” that mankind has created throughout history.

How could any intelligent person believe in something as stupid as religion?

12 Responses to “Is religion really this stupid?”

  1. on 06 Dec 2011 at 1:25 pm 1.Obvious said …

    Is religion really this stupid? YES.

  2. on 06 Dec 2011 at 2:37 pm 2.RevWillyNilly said …

    Doug Stanhope has a similar view on how people create their own religion…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExAw4hIhRIU

  3. on 07 Dec 2011 at 2:12 am 3.Lot said …

    An interesting article that might explain one cause of atheism.

    http://72.167.228.5/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=469:the-causes-of-atheism&catid=96:bonus-content&Itemid=80

  4. on 07 Dec 2011 at 3:00 am 4.Lou (DFW) said …

    3.Lot said …

    “An interesting article that might explain one cause of atheism.”

    “Atheism” is not “caused” anymore than not believing in Santa Claus is “caused.”

  5. on 07 Dec 2011 at 8:39 am 5.Zed said …

    It would have been so much easier to simply say that the primary reason for people not to believe in [any] god is simply because god[s] is imaginary.

  6. on 07 Dec 2011 at 1:55 pm 6.blancer said …

    yes yes it is

  7. on 08 Dec 2011 at 10:06 am 7.Anonymous said …

    Rick Perry’s jacket

    http://i.imgur.com/TuQkM.jpg

  8. on 08 Dec 2011 at 8:37 pm 8.Ray said …

    Your site is very aptly named, I agree your proofs that God does not exist are simple. They are so simple, anybody with real intelligence will not waste a great deal of time in answering.

  9. on 08 Dec 2011 at 8:49 pm 9.DPK said …

    Ray,

    Yes, anyone reading through the blog posts will quickly be able to deduce that that no one here has made any attempt to answer them. Sadly for you, I don’t think it’s because they are “too intelligent” to do so. I think it’s because they have no answers, so they dodge and weave.
    Since you are among the self proclaimed “intelligentsia”.. why don’t you prove to us all that gods exist? Any god will do… you’ve got plenty to pick from. But be forewarned, you will need t provide evidence for your claims, and “because it says in the bible”, “because of my personal relationship with Jesus”, and “because man cannot yet explain ________” are not proofs for gods.

    Let’s start with a simple and basic one… why WON’T god heal amputees? Since the question is simple, I’d expect the answer will be too. Hope it doesn’t waste too much of your time.

  10. on 15 Dec 2011 at 1:10 am 10.Black wolf said …

    If there is no life after death, then what do you live for? What is YOUR purpose? Think on this. I myself am very content and fulfilled being a christian. Why do you insult us when we do you no harm?

  11. on 15 Dec 2011 at 3:12 am 11.DPK said …

    You feel that your life has no meaning or purpose unless you get another one after this one is done?

    How sad for you.

    D

  12. on 15 Dec 2011 at 4:21 am 12.DPK said …

    To answer the rest of your question… I have a wonderful life, full of love and joy, and without imaginary beings or the promise of an eternal reward.
    We insult not you personally, I’m sure you’re a good person, and you seem sincere. We insult backward, dogmatic thinking, and it is undeniable that religions are the single biggest source of conflict in the world. Historically, religions have been oppressive and backward, and have been a hinderance to scientific advancement and understanding. Not to say religious people don’t sometimes do good things… but you don’t need a belief system based on nonsense and superstition to be a good person.
    Maybe YOU do us no harm, but the same cannot be said for many of your brethren, who insist on cramming their beliefs down everyone’s throat, or worse yet, strapping on explosive vests or flying airplanes into buildings because they think their gods want them to. The simple fact is that religious tolerance also encourages religious extremism. The only way to combat it is to call out all religions for exactly what they are…. backward, superstitious baloney.
    Your beliefs don’t get any respect from me anymore than I “respect” someone’s belief in witchcraft, faith healing, or astrology.

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