The problem with god is that it’s often given a god of the gaps argument and is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.
If both you and a team of physicists agree that something cannot be explained so then they go ahead and agree “Well, okay. You’re right. It must be god.” Then what happens is in 10 years when it can be proved, then they have they have to go back and say that it wasn’t. And in this way, god is simply an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance. We see it all the time. There’s so many examples that could be listed that were once attributed to god that we fully understand now. It’s just a god of the gaps argument, and it’s sad really.
I’m Agnostic, I suppose, and I think one of the biggest problems with people labeling themselves Atheists is that they’re not really Atheists but rather they’re Agnostic. An Atheist just purely beyond a shadow of a doubt disbelieves the possibility of any god or gods, the opposite of a Theist who absolutely believes in the existence of a god or gods. Agnosticism just says that claims of the existence of a god or gods is unknown and as far as can presently be judged, unknowable. In respect, an Agnostic person if given definitive proof that a god either does or doesn’t exist would accept it. It is the logical course. A Theist or Atheist, if given the opposite of their particular belief, would deny it.
(Edit: Actually, allow me to redact this statement. As a commenter pointed out, this isn’t necessarily correct. Thanks for pointing that out!)
So here’s the deal: Religion is just a system of oppression.
Religion was originally formed to explain phenomena that primitive man could not explain otherwise (god of the gaps). The flaw in most religions is that said explained things are largely later disproved with the advance of science, and are therefore inherently flawed. We don’t understand why the tides come in, so it must be god. No, sorry, it’s the moon. I mean, these things can go on and on ad infinitum.
The problem is, that religions evolved beyond simply answering phenomena but became useful as oppressive tools of control by a few powerful elite. Maybe your population will rob and steal no matter the manpower you have in place and the threat of a flogging or chopping their arm off may not deter them, but you tell them that if they do it that even if nobody sees them that a god sees them and they will suffer in an everlasting pit of pain and suffering for all eternity when they die – well, if they believe that shit… then your crime rate drops. Further, if you convince your people that if they sacrifice themselves for your religious cause then they get 72 beautiful virgins to service them when they die, then well hell… people are lining up to die for you.
Problem is, these are just tools for control. They exist to exert control over society. Laws are a strong tool, but religious belief can act as a further deterrent against crime or assist in the control and oppression of a population.
All in all, maybe at one point in time religion wasn’t all that bad… but since the introduction of modern sciences, religion is a very bad thing. It’s quite simply no longer necessary at this point. Even if we can’t understand something we have the scientific knowledge that we can probably figure it out eventually. We are no longer primitive, we don’t have to look to gods for explanations. And with modern civilized societies with our laws and governance, we don’t need that second system of control. I’m sure powerful men enjoy it, but it does not benefit society. It benefits powerful men.
So all in all, religion is bullshit.
“Overt control… always has a finite life, because in the end there will be a challenge and rebellion against it. Covert control… can go on forever, because you don’t rebel against something you don’t know exists. A person who thinks he is free will not complain that he is not.” -David Icke