A reader, NFQ, recently commented and offered a link where she concluded with a classic anti-religionist declaration:
“religion doesn’t offer any definitive answers, and is just made up.”
My reply to this claim illustrates a constant theme on my site and thus I felt it worth repeating:
I think I understand why you feel that way, but I think your generalization is too broad. People use their religion in very nebulous ways and few use it as a mere compendium of truth propositions. The functionality of faith is what they believe in — when they use propositions to defend the functionality to which they are (subconsciously) attached, the result is usually mere “fart logic“.
Nonetheless, that religious functionality can indeed offer very real, definitive answers — thus their faith survives and flourishes. As atheists, I don’t feel we should over simplify our objections to religions. The exuberance of the anti-religionists is often over-reaching, IMHO. Science is about refining the analysis.