Goodness gracious it's been awhile everyone! Hi!
So my friend goes to a private christian college (bleh, but i respect her she has never tried to convert me or press her religion on me) and she asked me for help with her religious philosophy homework.
The question: why do you think atheism is such an attractive option for so many in our day?
I went on a kinda irrelevant rant about how I do not believe atheism to be attractive at all, and that religion actually is more attractive for the comfort and peace of mind of not being attacked for your beliefs and having the comfort of believing your loved ones are in a better place when they die, that every terrible horrifying thing happens for a reason, that some great deity loves you and has great plans for you yadda yadda and that atheism, with its cold reality and lack of wonder and spiritualism is actually less desirable before I actually answered her question with my own thoughts.
I answered: Religion, at it's base was a way to answer questions that humans had no way to answer. When drought came, ancient humans believed gods were angry, when plague game, they believed gods were angry. When we flourished, gods were happy. As time progressed most humans converted from many gods to one god, but the idea remained the same: god was the reason for what we couldnt explain.
As science progresses we learn explanations for these things. Droughts are caused by weather patterns, lightning by electricity in the sky...etc. we have begun answering all of these questions we used to just explain was "because god".
The more science progresses and explains the unknown, the more humans lose the need to have a god to explain it.
This is why, I believe, we as humans are losing faith in God. Science continues to progress, and with it, our reliance on a diety to explain unknown things.*
What would you have answered with????