I am often puzzled about why it is that people still believe in religion as they do. When I went to school, I was convinced that religion had had its day - none of us children believed in it, and it seemed that it would die out with the older generation.
But even now, in the modern world, Christian belief still continues, both within my own generation and younger ones too. Mind you, we’ve come a long way from the days of unquestioning belief and punishment for non-believers.
As for the Muslim religion, the Aljazeera link above just shows how ingrained it is amongst more backward peoples, who put fear into anyone who dares to question the faith, and so even intelligent people bow down to it to avoid provocation and violence.
Is religion a scourge on society? Does it have any relevance or benefits in today’s world? I think it does bring comfort to people who are suffering, to be honest, but I’m just constantly surprised that so many otherwise intelligent people still believe in all this stuff.
Am I on my own here in thinking this?