Re: Ch. 4 - WHY THERE ALMOST CERTAINLY IS NO GOD
You guys...Did you see the video of Dawkins' BBC interview on YOUTUBE? Pretty cool. The interviewer referenced the idea that "if going to church and believing strange things (like there is 'God' who can hear you down to the last sigh or whimper, etc..) 'makes people 'happy" then what in the world is wrong with that?" (paraphrased)
I think I've made my points about the harm in group and individual delusion and about what I, and others, think are the root dynamics involved.
But jsut at face value, I have never met a person, who is a church devotee, who seems to be happy. They might seem to be 'good' or at least contrite about transgressions, which is not the same thing, and that is often on Sunday mornings, only, when they want the approval of the minister or sun/school leader, or their church 'friends'...
I call it the 'church persona'--I even heard someone say once "I am at my best when I come here." (church) which could mean several things. I think that people often feel comforted and less guilty--because they just got a new fistfull of 'get out of jail free cards': what I think all of the supposed 'forgiveness' translates in to, but that makes them neither 'good' nor happy. They just got a spritual band-aid put on whatever big boo-boo they got or gave someone else, the prior week, or so they preceive. Again childlike, helpless and irresponsible--the big 'daddy' in the sky loves me and will not reject me even though I have been bad, etc..
BUT HAPPY? As in a relaxed, confident, self loving, productive, ethical, person, able to think and act for themselves? Uh, no. the people I know who would fit that description, stopped going to church, if they ever went, at age 8 to 11, when their newly sprouted prefrontal brain cells started picking up on the hypocrisy, and cultish environment. Edited by: halofrisbeechamp at: 3/24/07 9:44 am