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"Somehow I doubt that a lot of atheists want what they believe. You can not believe in a God, but still want there to be a God. You can have your beliefs in the way the world works without necessarily wanting the world to work that way."
"I think religion keeps humanity running."
"I think without a nice healthy balance of science and faith, there would be no mystery or wonder to our world. I don't really understand the athiest view to remove something so fundamentally human that it has existed ever since man got intelligent."
"I have the feeling that when a lot of us are talking about "religion" we're REALLY talking about Christianity. "Why? Nobody has said anything close to that here.
"Sure, it's the "cool" thing today to think of religion as "keeping the masses in line" and I think that's completely wrong."Oh. Huh. Ok.
" "WTF? Religion takes all mystery away and replaces it with a ready made answer - goddidit. Mystery and wonder are what push people on to scientific discovery and philosophical inquiry. Mystery and wonder fuel the desire to find out how the world around us really works. Religion already answers these questions in a horribly unsatisfying way."Well, no. Extreme Christianity does - which, I suspect is your bias here. "Why do you keep assuming a bias about Christianity? There is no basis for this thought.