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Comfort. hm. Well, I suppose it's comfort in the sense that you no longer have a con artist beating you with the shame stick.


Complete agreement. I find it far more comforting to think that the world is governed by materialistic physical processes which we can understand and manipulate than to believe that it's in the hands of a being who is, at best, callously indifferent to human suffering, and at worst, actively malevolent.


If a lightbulb burns out in a Catholic's house, the owner will ask, "Why me? What have I done to deserve this?" Not only does a lack of religion allow us to understand what causes suffering, it allows us to prevent future occurrences of it, and also to bring instances to an end by changing the metaphorical lightbulb instead of sitting there sulking in the dark.

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