An honest person wants solid evidence to support assertions, and is leery of baseless claims. Therefore, skeptics are most honest of all.
What if the whole supernatural spectrum and its huge army of practitioners constitute a trillion-dollar fraud?
Most politicians invoke the deities. Supernaturalism pervades our species, consuming billions of person-hours and trillions of dollars.
Religion is an extremely touchy topic. Church members often become angry if anyone questions their supernatural dogmas.
For thinking people, there's only one possible answer to the age-old problem of evil: The all-loving Father proclaimed by many faiths cannot exist.
Suppose a miracle is reported. Some Americans will embrace this news joyfully, as evidence of the holy, while others will be skeptical.
Without religion, divisions would blur with passing generations; children would adapt to new times, mingle, intermarry, forget ancient wounds.
During the 1400s, the Inquisition shifted its focus toward witchcraft, and the next 300 years witnessed a bizarre orgy of religious delusion.
Politicians always call religion a mighty force for good. President Reagan labeled it “the bedrock of moral order”. They say it builds brotherhood.
In 1208, Pope Innocent III declared a major crusade to destroy the Albigenses. Some 20,000 knights and peasants answered the call.