Originally posted by greenpawn34
Religion going extinct.
It's knowledge that has done it.
Knowledge is the enemy of all religions.
Once the people start asking questions and stop getting fobbed off
with the same silly answers then that religion is doomed.
Religion needs unquestioning faith. Total blind obediance.
The people have seen enough of God's handy work.
Questions ...[text shortened]... been asked and God has been found wanting.
We don't need him anymore, we have television.
Nonsense. We have little more knowledge (philisophical and reasoning) than they did when Socrates was wiping the floor with Meletus. What we have is technology and science. Neither of these has been even remotely successful at answering the important questions that human beings ask of themselves such as "why am I here?"
Religion most certainly does not need unquestioning faith and blind obedience, that is catagorically false and is a strawman argument. Every person of faith I have ever met has had some form of doubt. Doubt in itself is part of the internal dialogue one has with God.
Real faith is not rigid or brittle like blind faith. Unquestioning blind faith is the bailiwick of zealots, an extreme minority. The faith like steel is strong but able to bend under stress. The rigidity of zealotry is like iron, strong but it snaps and the faith is broken.
How, specifically has God been found wanting? Is the world not a wonder to behold? Does this world not provide everything we need as a species to survive? It's hubris beyond the pale to think that mere mortals that live a grand total of 78 years or so could know better than a supreme being how this planet should have been made, or how we should have been made.
It's not your lack of belief that makes you an athiest it's your vanity that you could concieve and create a more just and benevolent world. Since you have this delusion that you know best for humanity you assume there is no God. Rid yourself of pride and you will find God.