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30 January 2012

The Impossibility of Re-Creating Religions

By Diana Hsieh

I've never read Penn Jillette's book God, No!, but I love this quote from it:

There is no god, and that's the simple truth. If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.
I'd make a stronger claim, namely that the myths of all major religions are so absurd that any new religions would be wholly different. The reason is simple: they're fantasies based on the desire to believe. Science, in contrast, is based on observations of empirical facts. That's the difference that makes all the difference!

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