Religion: it’s culture, not fact.

Religion: it looks precisely how we’d expect if there were no god and stories percolated around different cultures.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Rikitiki

    Yeah, they’re a “culture” just like something in a petri dish…now all we need to do is subtract the growth medium.

    • invivoMark

      Hey! My rat liver cells take offense to that comparison!

    • Smiles

      And my TB culture isn’t too keen on it either…

  • RuQu

    21 is being very generous with your definition of “major” and with your definition of “religion.”

    This site (http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html) lists the top 22. Atheism/Secular/Agnostic is #3. Scientology is #22. Only 8 have more than 100 million followers, and #9 drops to only 23 million.

    Of course, we also have to ask, if Christianity (#1) converted all the religious believers in the world, would that make it right? If there was only one option, would it then be true? No. So while this argument points out the absurdity of assuming your own religion is true, and the odds of you being wrong, it doesn’t in itself make any statement about the objective truth of religion.

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