Well, now that I’m here, I might as well jump into the fray. I think that all ideologies, not just religion, suffer from trying to make the world conform to a set of ideals that does not necessarily match reality. I was in education for several years and the watch word for teaching in the classroom was evidence-based—in other words doing what works. I think we have lost good old American pragmatism in this country. So many of our fellow citizens are so hung up on their tribal beliefs that they are oblivious to the consequences of those beliefs—like global warming, and overpopulation, and downright inhumanity to man. I think some religious teachings are altruistic and experienced-based, but the basic premise is based on fable. The thing is that religion and ideology are comforting in that someone else does the thinking for us. As Eric Barker says in one of his blogs, we have lazy brains. Our neural pathways are set, and it take effort to change our thinking. We freethinkers have the harder path since we must observe and analyze and test and retest and all of this takes work. Your thoughts?