Why Ancient Religions Unjustly Persist
In a Naturalistic World
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Think of a numeric reference range, with "+2" = strong
approval, "+1" = mild approval, "0" = ambivalence or
distance, "-1" = mild disapproval, and "-2" = strong
disapproval.

The abstract triad of beings called God / christ / holy spirit
(along with their locational abstract representation of good,
heaven) are imaginary entities associated with "+2" (strong
approval) in most western cultures.

The abstract being called Satan or the concept thought of
as no god (along with his locational abstract representation
of evil, hell) are imaginary entities or concepts often associ-
ated with "-2" (strong disapproval) in most western cultures.

Those concepts and all points in between are understood
naturalistically as part of the "Circle of All That Is" ...
http://prohuman.net/philosophy_freelover/circle_of_all_that_is.htm

Why do imaginary beings like god / satan and imaginary
places like heaven / hell persist as abstracts representing
good / evil and "strong approval" / "strong disapproval"
in the modern day of science, logic, and reason?

The simple cut to the core of the matter is we don't know
who we are, where we came from, or where we're going.

That's almost as complete an explanation of the human
quandary now as it was in ancient days as well as in the
days of the distant past, despite our dramatically expanded
understanding of our naturalistic world in the present day.

We are heavily suspicious that this is our one and only
chance at life, and most of us don't like that, many finding
that to be deeply disturbing (for naturalistic reasons and
reasons due to indoctrination into "fear of death" via reli-
gious dogma when we were children).

Therefore, it's tempting for most to depend on parental /
societal / cultural / religious / peer-pressure support for their
methods of dealing with all that the unknown entails in the
form of fictitious beings called god and satan, to one degree
or another, and fictitious places called heaven and hell, to
one degree or another, since most of us have been exposed
to those generally accepted default explanations / promises /
threats (and _____ [herein insert what is usually invoked via
the faith / religion of one's family]) since childhood.

The overriding factor regarding the "winner" of the contest
until now was the emperor of Rome, Constantine, deciding
to have the assorted Christian groups vote on the winning
dogma of the Christ contest (325 C.E.) and having Eusebius
construct an assemblage of religious documents and call it
the Bible (imagine angels singing in glory in the background,
flying about a glowing Christian cross - seems to resonate
with those exposed to all that mythos since childhood) and
make it the religion of conquest and defense of the Roman
state.

Of note, the Huns (and other assorted Pagan invaders of
Christian-dominated areas, like the Vikings) threatened the
Christian dominance of Europe from time to time, and one
can't help but wonder what kind of god(s) most would be
worshipping today if one of those groups had ended up
dominating Europe and if their descendants had won against
the invasions from the south by the Islamic Arabs.

As for the "runner-up" of the god / satan (or allah / jinns,
if one prefers) contest until now, there was the develop-
ment of the religion of Islam in the Arab world (and their
"holy" document, the Quran), a child of Judaism / Chris-
tianity, a religion of conquest used to invade Europe and,
if not for a battle in what is present-day France, which the
Muslims lost, may have overtaken Christianity to become
the one dominant religion of the world (picture Falwell the
Muslim and the United States of Allahmerica).

Of note, the Christian crusaders tried to revisit the invasion
modus operandi upon the Islamic Arabs but failed in their
effort to overtake the holy land some 300 or so years after
Muslims had invaded Europe.

And with dominance of Europe, the Christians dwelled in
darkness for the better part of 1,000 years, harassing / killing /
ostracizing Jews, splitting into 3 major faiths - Catholicism,
Orthodox Christianity, and Protestantism which, itself, split
into many sub-faiths - and engaging in all sorts of heinous
acts like the inquisition, the burning / torture of witches, the
30 Year War between Catholics and Protestants, and other
such nefarious acts and deeds as to make one incredulous
as to religious claims of moral superiority or contact with
the supposed god of the universe (cosmos), both then and
now.

Christianity and Islam, steeped in blood, using violence and
conquest to promote their ideas.

Those ancient ideas of "us vs. them", of "my religion is better
than your religion", have visited untold suffering and misery
upon humankind ... at this moment, predominantly Hindu India
is on the brink of nuclear war with predominantly Islamic Pak-
istan, once again, religious differences residing at the core of
human conflict (an outgrowth, in this case, of Islamic extrem-
ists / terrorists committing acts of terrorism inside India and
the India-controlled section of Kashmir).

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