RE: Religion is probably a good thing

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 17:11:44 MDT

> The argument [presumably he means my observation that religion
> could have evolved as a substitute for long-term reasoning] isn't
> an objective one. What occurs in nature doesn't decide
> subjective morals as good things or bad things.

I made no such naturalistic claim. I agree--describing what exists
in no way suggests that it is good or bad. I suggested that religion
evolved as a handy substitute for more intricate reason, just as I
believe prejudice and xenophobia evolved the same way; in no way
does that imply that those of us who _can_ reason should not do so.
Indeed that's exactly the opposite of what I beleive. We can and
should overcome our evolutionary programming. But to do that, we
must first understand it.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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