This statement strikes me as increasingly bizarre the more I think about it.Etaan wrote: I don't have any issue with religion until people allow it to take the place of independent thought.
Maybe a religion that was merely a cultural memory of familiar comforting words and rituals would not conflict with independent thought. But such a religion would be obviously man-made and contain nothing of faith, since that would interfere with independent thought. Supernatural? Nope, can't have that.
Consider the story of Eden and the loss of paradise: isn't it essentially Man's assertion of independent thought over dependent thought (obedience).
Bottom line, Etaan: If it's religion, then you have a fundamental issue with it.
My question, from the days of Eden until now: "Independent thought" is just words. When you consider it, doesn't it produce as much self-deception and illusion as wisdom, wrong as well as right? Why do we put so much faith in it?
Because we are sons and daughters of Adam, maybe?