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Is there a god? Does formal education matter?

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Submitted by Claire (United States), May 3, 2008 at 03:48

Some of the wisest people I've met were farmers in the poorest mountainous area of the U.S. who lacked any education and the Native American women I've met who learned by trial and error and passed it down through folklore how to treat disease. Mohammed was a genius--not a prophet. Jesus was a genius--not a god.

There is no evidence of a God or supernatural being. Of course, at one point in time, imagination and speculation paired up in the minds of many people and they created explanations for what they saw in the natural world. But that's not god, goddess, or deity. That's people who had no knowledge about something attempting to explain it without the necessary tools.

We have many more tools today, and although I think we'll have to experience the Muslim and protestant Christian dark ages, I think we'll come out the other side rejecting what today is called "religion" in favor of something new that religion only hints at.

I think brain research is going to demonstrate that our belief in gods and goddesses (just like those of the Greeks, Romans, Norse, Egyptian, Druid, etc.) were creations of human imagination in response to a mysterious world.


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