A great article about the social and biological roots of religion was published in the LA Times a couple days ago. I’m always surprised and delighted to find people working at major companies (like the LA Times) who are willing to have their (very unpopular) opinions against religion published. I find it soothing. J. Anderson Thomson and Clare Aukofer, you’ve made it onto my list of respected people.
My favorite part of the article:
“We can be better as a species if we recognize religion as a man-made construct. We owe it to ourselves to at least consider the real roots of religious belief, so we can deal with life as it is, taking advantage of perhaps our mind’s greatest adaptation: our ability to use reason.”
And that really sums it up; an Atheist chooses reason over blind faith, not for the sake of cold cynicism, but for a love of logic.