what do you mean WILL be? you mean SHOULD be?
@jameson14 Luckily for me both words work for me. I think that it should be viewed as such and I think it will be viewed as such. I dont mind arguing for either one. Probably the one discussion would be more about the benefits of religion and happiness of areligious people, the other would be more more about my prediction is reasonable based on observations like growing atheism in the west.
@onekonzo Great topic! I also think that it should be viewed as a hobby, but I couldn't disagree with you more that it *will* be. Throughout the history of humanity, with all the evolution and revolutions (industrial, digital, etc...) that took place, humans felt they needed something spiritual to hold on to. Islam is today the world's fastest growing religion by some accounts, Christianity is not dying out anytime soon either (even though atheism is growing, although not at the expense of biblical religions).The sad truth, religion has been utilized in all the wrong ways... it should be a hobby, or rather, a belief system to give purpose and comfort, not ammunition for political agendas or violence.
@alexwrites Ehhhh the Muslim growth meme basically just omes down to birthrates, right? So i kind of disregard that. Or... I would ask the question if you think that muslim religion or middleeastern culture/cirucmstances make the people especially resistant to atheism. I do think this "need for spirituality" can be described differently and explained, and even be met with improvements in living conditions and (psychology) education.
I think I understand what you're saying here but I'm not sure that I necessarily agree. Religion at a spiritual level is so deeply rooted in the human experience that I don't see it being trivialized anytime soon. There is a reason that it has existed since the beginning of humankind...
@drsteve take into consideration the way society is progressing! If science continues to make strides in evolution research, humans will soon be able to debunk the spiritual roots of religion and the existence of God so all that will be left are family traditions and myths
@lynnihendrix I mean we already have a good idea of why the concept of a god works so well for our psychology and how it can help us. I just think it wont be necessary, people on average will probably be happier without an authoritarian religion rather than with it.
@onekonzo Right, I agree with you there
@onekonzo people are afraid of death, it's natural. Religion solves that problem. So until death goes away, religion is here to stay.
@trentr26 until we normalize death acceptance. Plenty of atheists are able to accept that death occurs without heaven/hell.
@pokemaster Also its still somewhat reasonable to believe that consciousness is more than just something that happens when a computer/brain becomes complex enough. It might be some force-like resource, the thing that decides to stay in my body every time i wake up, that is not in someone elses. Religion /= spirituality and hope.
Religion and science are eternal. Good luck ever getting rid of them.
What do you mean? How is a hobby different than what most people think of religious practice?