[ExI] Space and religion are the likeliest pathways out of decadence: Ross Douthat

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 7 13:46:49 UTC 2020

Religions are touted by others and by themselves for all the giving to
charity they do.  However, a close look at the balance sheets shows a
substantial amount going to building funds and missionary work, which
benefit only themselves.  bill w

On Sat, Mar 7, 2020 at 6:36 AM John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 11:48 AM Giulio Prisco via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> *> I disagree with Douthat on the points that you mention. But I don't
>> have to agree on everything before agreeing on something. In THIS case, I
>> think he has good points and solid arguments.*
> Even if I'm wrong about religion conferring no net positive value to
> society, doesn't the fact that the alleged utility is based on a lie and in
> the case of Christianity is utter nonsense, give you pause in assigning an
> essential nobility to the various religious franchises? I say nonsense
> because if "God becoming furious with the entire human race because just
> one of its members ate an apple when told not to, and even though He can do
> anything He can't just forgive Humanity, the only way God can forgive all
> of humanity is for the Homo sapiens to torture His Son, who is also God and
> who He loves very much, to death"  is not nonsense then nothing is nonsense.
>  John K Clark
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