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Old 11th November 2017, 12:15 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
Sounds like a version of Pascal's wager. What does one gain by believing in a fantasy?

If you can't convince yourself the fantasy is true, you gain nothing anyway.
A little Ginger. But I do understand the sentiment behind the question.

The one tangible value of religion is community. You're part of something that is bigger than yourself even if it is built on a myth. In a dog eat dog world, it's nice to know that even some perfect strangers have your back. I carried on the facade for many years because owning up to my disbelief meant the loss of my personal support structure. That's a scary thing.

This issue specifically has caused me to wonder at length how society can replace the community of churches and still dump the destructive and false superstitions that are religions. I don't have an answer but I do want a good answer.
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
― David Hume
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