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Nate Phelps,

Humans as a species are genetically coded to be at least somewhat altruistic towards one another. Do you think that if organized religion fell, we'd just stop helping one another? After all, being gregarious and altruistic organisms (aside from being toolmakers/users) are probably the biggest traits that have allowed all of the technological advances that we've made. Morals and altruistic behavior don't disappear along with religion. There are plenty of atheists who were formerly religious who are proof of that.

Additionally, do you really think that if organized religion were no more that people would lose all hope? Does religion have a monopoly on hope? I think that the mind is such a pliable thing that people like Elizabeth Smart could have come up with plenty of things to divert their minds that weren't religious.

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 19:59:00 UTC | #451911