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The Nature of Religion

religious-warSo far in my blog posts, I've discussed the evolutionary, historical, cultural, literary, moral, psychological, and neurological nature of religion and of Christianity in particular. Before I delve into the issues created by religion and provide explanations of a more rational worldview, I would first like to summarize what religion is actually all about.

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Do Humans Have a Soul?

http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/3f/3fa2b966e592c68c89e76f36281c7345632d21e41be0bf46192df4a27b0839f8.jpgIn my previous 3 posts, I've provided evidence that religiosity and spiritual experiences are not based on supernatural forces, and free will is merely an illusion. Given this information, is there still room for an immaterial soul? Based on the best available evidence regarding brain functioning, there is no reason to believe anything akin to the human soul exists.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Garyprison Cox is a member of HofMN and an inmate at the Oak Park Heights prison. He is co-editor of the prison inmate publication, "A New Perspective," from which the following is excerpted.

The proverb "out of sight, out of mind" is likely familiar to most everyone. Yet how many of us fully appreciate just what a profound truth it actually expresses? Relatively few, I would hazard to guess. In short, we depend on our sense of vision much more than we realize – or should, once the scope of the situation is properly grasped. As the notoriously cryptic Yogi Berra might once have quipped: We are often blinded by what we can’t see.  An example of this is prisons.

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The Illusion of Free Will

"My favorite part of the Bible is when God give people free will, then kills them in a flood for not doing what He wants."Free will is an important aspect of many denominations of Christianity.[1] As C.S. Lewis explains "God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having."[2] However, the more we learn about the forces influencing our decisions, the less room there is for such freedom of will.

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Global Ethics

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We live in an age when we cannot and must not cede ethical thought and process to religion. While many religious people are good people and do good things, no religious tradition offers a moral philosophy or code by which all of humanity can live. Humanism offers a better way to do ethics that is accessible to all-using shared information and a common language.

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