I was reading one of the recent articles on this site, and I found one discussing why people believe. Here is a quote form it:
All of the respondents generally imagined life without God as “entailing fear, sadness, interpersonal isolation and loss of meaning and hope.”
There it is in a nutshell; why people don’t want NOT to beleive in God.
I’ll have to say I agree with the sentiment here. I remember Micheal Medved interveiwed Sam Harris once. He chastised Harris for suggesting that criicising Christian Fundementalists is not popular these days. “What planet have you been on?” he asked. Medved is a movie critic, and knows whereof he speaks. Traditional faith is very often mocked in the movies. But where Harris should have countered him (and didn’t) was that making fun of religious crazies and conservative bigots is one thing; denying the existence of any God at all is a different ball game. Most Hollywood types beleive in some spiritual being and some afterlife. And speaking of which, when it somes to the afterlife, what really makes us want to believe, is not so much for nonesixtence for ourselves (though that’s bed enough) but the thought that our most cherished loved ones will be nothing but maggot-fodder mouldering away in their graves—and that’s it. Phillip Pullman (author of His Dark Materials Trilogy) tries to put a pretty face on oblivion—but let’s be honest. If this is correct (and I honestly hope it’s not), it sucks big time.
According to Bertrand Russell in his essay, “Why I am Not a Christian” belief in God springs from fear, and desirre to have a big brother or father figure looking out for you. I have a question about this though. It doesn’t really sound so bad to want a benevolent deity looking out for you, whether it happens to be true or not. So why is it that we have things like suicide bombers, the barbarism in Dueteronomy, the obsession with sexual purity, anti-gay sentiments, the inquisition, 9/11, and the rest?
These things are often under scruntiny on this site, but why does beleif in God entail all this meaness? I think part of the answer is the religion is often an excuse to make barbarous actions sound just, but what do you think?