Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though.
("The God Delusion")
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The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
Creationists eagerly seek a gap in present-day knowledge or understanding. If an apparent gap is found, it is assumed that God, by default, must fill it.
By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.
There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?
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