#12, Dear Bill.
Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Mormonism all have historical, geographical and cultural ties of varying degrees. Joseph Campbell also demonstrates that stories of the creation, human sacrifice, human struggles, salvation, family and sex share commonalities far beyond just Western Culture.
Historically, all religions are able to occupy the space of human ignorance, a shrinking space but also a space that will never end. Speaking for myself, as one who was raised Lutheran, I could see at the age 13 that the entire Lutheran fabrication of God, sin, salvation are utterly ridiculous. But that doesn't mean the Christ did not have something important to say to mankind, he most certainly raised Western con sciousness out of our primitive brutal origins, which were eat or be eaten. Because of the way mankind has conquered nature, through scientific understanding realized through the magic of math, We don't have to live that way. So its sad that we live in a country whose central guiding principle is might makes right.
The problem with organized religion is that is is a lie which contradicts everything science has revealed to us about biology, chemistry, physics, the cosmos, evolution and life itself.
Every child is born with a sense of fairness and feels free to lecture adults ceaselessly on this topic. This idea destabilizes societies built on large income disparities like the USA. The afterlife was invented quell the masses of people who are on the losing end. It is the ultimate fairy tale of all religions.
There is less religious false mythology within the leftist community than the right, though for those who continue to cling to religion inorder to cope with the grotesque inequities of our social order, engineered by the wealthy, both groups share some common false beliefs.