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February 2018



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All the trappings.

Walter wrote:
I don't think so at all. If so, why would children have to be taught about God and religion? We are born with no beliefs. When I was a young child, my non-religious parents told me things came from God, figuring correctly that I would eventually figure things out for myself. By the same token, when I saw a picture of my grandfather, who had dight before I was five months old, my father told me he was in heaven. Had I not been told these things, the ideas would never have occurred to me.

I am not entirely sure. History, again, is full of people devising new religions, or new belief systems with all the trappings of religion, whenever an old one fades or becomes discredited. The Soviets sought to make atheism their state faith. They nevertheless ended up with incorrupt saints, a liturgical calendar, and an eschatology.

There may or may not be a God. I'm willing to entertain the proposition that there might not be, at least for the sake of argument. But even if we get rid of God, we cannot be rid of tribal symbols, ritual, laws of kosher and treif, and holy causes including holy wars. Human societies will have and will invent those things, regardless of the theological underpinning of the society. They answer basic human needs.

But if we cannot get rid of these things, I see no gain in getting rid of God. 


Walter doesn't know that for sure. He might have thought up something anyway, even if they hadn't said God and heaven.