Travel the world for as long as I have, and you’ll soon brush shoulders with all manner of people, religious and secular. Going to different lands and exploring strange continents is also how religion is spread. As brave explorers put forth their fresh ideas to eager minds; concepts are digested and integrated into new cultures and so human history becomes further amalgamated and developed.
You see how I equated the idea of religion (belief in an extra-terrestrial power beyond human capabilities) with human dispersioan? That is because, I believe, I am slowly coming to a realisation, that religion is a wholly man made concept. To those who have read any Hitchens, this idea will not be a new one. Embedded within the narratives of all major religions are inherently human stories, that have clearly been edited, passed down and (most importantly) created by people. If we take these findings to their logical conclusions, then there can only be one answer to the question of truth in religion. That there is none.
If you’re shocked by the frankness of my discussion, please do remember that I am just a simple atheist, exploring the notions of religion. I am, by no means, laying down the definitive answer to the truth of religion. All I’m attempting to lay out are my findings, based on the philosophical journey that I’ve been on for the last year. In every argument there are loop holes, and even Hitchens could not definitively prove the synthetic nature of religion. I’m not out to rain on anyone’s parade, despite my misgivings concerning the origin of God, I believe in the notion of freedom of thought. Barry across the road from me is a Baptist gentleman, I don’t hear the prayers that he makes at night and he doesn’t confront me with his religious based beliefs. Every Sunday morning he goes to church, and I mow the lawn. As he leaves the house I wave, smile and wish him a good day. He always replies ‘Thank you, God be with you Jose.’ Even though he’s aware of my atheism, Barry wishes me well in the terms of his culture. Barry would never dream of stopping me from mowing my lawn, so why on Earth would I stop him from attending church?