I'm at a cross-roads. I've spent the last few years examining my core beliefs to test what still stands. I've let go of an inviolate bible, demoted Jesus to a failed prophet, and god as unable to act against injustice. Our universe made itself. What remains is inspiration to rise above my raising, worship as the bird sings, and reverence life. Be human, embrace all humanity, and aim high. I like my church for the shared community and our reaching out to help the vulnerable in the neighbourhood.
I understand the logical athiest, as my reasoning side forced this re-examination in the first place. What stands up to scrutiny, and what doesn't? I am intolerant of evangelists who try and batter reasoning and science in order to maintain their flawed worldview. It is embarrassing to their religion, it's an embarrassment to logic, and leads them down dangerous trails. Why must the whole world fit in the box of reason? Perhaps being a Christian satisfies something other than logic.
It has been distressing to see the arguments between believer and non-theist descend in to tired platitudes and old slogans, with neither side bringing anything new to the table. I recently contributed to a "bring your best argument" thread for the existence of god, and my best argument was ignored. I wonder if this is because I brought some original thoughts to the table? An instant retort was not available?
So this is my challenge to the logical non-theists; could it be possible that religions are evidence of an evolutionary imperative, which humankind has leveraged to superior advantage, for collective action? For instance, a pleasure hormone, oxytocin, is released when we participate collectively.