In a message dated 10/25/1999 5:34:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Rational people can see exactly what religion is and what purpose it serves,
> just as they can see what childhood myths such as santa and the tooth fairy
> are. It doesn't take more than 5 minutes thought. The specifics of any one
> system are completely irrelevant. Religion = reality shield for the weak
> minded.....and this is universal.
I wouldn't call Mahat MaGhandi "week-minded", nor Hans Kung, nor Adin Steinsaltz, nor Amir Aczel, nor Phillip Clayton, nor Alan Sandage, or Joel Primack, or the Dalai Lama, or Charles Townes or...I wouldn't call any of these people weak-minded. But it makes me wonder if your definition of atheism, comes from, perhaps, a rebellion against fundamentalist or mainline Christian Culture? Which was the original point of my addition to this thread.