Daily Archives: September 1, 2019

Essays Against Religion

In Plato‘s ApologySocrates (pictured) was accused by Meletus of not believing in the gods.

I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief will die out. Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. . . . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race. ~Bertrand Russell

I have recently let some of my readers express their views on religion. I thank them for their contributions. I would also like to say that I’ve had many friends who were religious. But if anyone is interested in my views on religion they have been expressed multiple times over the years. So, rather than respond to all the specific points my readers have made, here are a few links to my own work on the topic.

Religion’s Smart-People Problem

The End of Religion: Technology and the Future

A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 2 – Religion and Meaning

Transhumanism and the End of Religion

Should We Live as if Religious Claims are True?

Arguing with Theists

Some Interesting Biblical Prescriptions

Logic Decreases Religious Beliefs

Religion and Superintelligence

Science & Religion: A Dialogue