Abstract A look at religion, its beliefs and fallacies that throughout history have continued to have negative effects on contemporary society. The usefulness of religion is in the past, and its foundational books are fables. It is a man-made imposition which has been an enemy of science and inquiry. Religion has subsisted largely on lies and fears, and been the accomplice of ignorance and guilt as well as of slavery, genocide, racism, and tyranny.
George Carlin once said “I worship the sun for several reasons. The first reason is that unlike god, you can actually see the sun which really helps with its credibility. It gives me everything that I need like heat, light, food, and occasionally skin cancer. But there are no crucifixions, and sun worshipers don’t set people that don’t agree with them on fire. Unlike church the sun will never ask you for money. The sun will never tell you that you are unworthy or that you need to be saved. Although I worship the sun, I don’t pray to the sun. I pray to Joe Pesci for two reasons. First of all he is a good actor. Second is that he looks like a guy that can get things done. For several years I had asked God to take care of my neighbor with the noisy dog with no results, I finally prayed to Joe Pesci just once and he straightened him out with one visit.” (Carlin, George. 2008. It’s Bad For Ya. Available from HBO Comedy Standup)
From the beginning of time one thing has been the contributing factor to more deaths then any disease, controversies then any political scandals, and the majority of wars between different countries and groups. That deadly thing has come to be known as “Religion”. In my paper I will discuss several of the main ideas and definitions of different religions, beliefs, and philosophies in order to question and disprove their theories.
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