I’m ah thinkin; It’s the normalcy placed on a god narrative that contributes to how people perceive their reality. From my experiences interacting with religious people they have made a presumptive conclusion on the god question. To them religious belief is, well, natural. It’s considered integral part of being human. On almost every pie chart depicting human life dedicates a slice labeled spirituality or church or faith. The counter point to the god claim is alien and to many it’s unthinkable.
I’m not suggesting religious people are automatons. Never. I’m just pointing out that community norms will influence a person’s thinking. Posturing a notion negating the god claim often elicit a proscribed response. Included in the many countering narratives includes demonic influences. There by giving shelter to their theistic paradigm. It’s the equivalent of putting their fingers in their ears and making noises to avoid hearing an inconvenient truth.
The consequences to this near universal normalcy manifest in the decisions people make about how humanity moves forward with problem solving and priorities. To my mind this only complicates the process toward positive outcomes for our collective future. Theism as a whole acts as a counter to objective conclusions for our natural world. The influence of this is affecting the education of the coming generations of children who are put in a position of dealing with conflicting narratives. It also complicates how people will perceive humanities relationship with the natural world.
There is an economic societal cost to the theistic world view. The religious institutions, in the United States, cost we the tax payers $82.5 billion dollars (Washington Post; Dylan Matthews August 22, 2013). At that time an estimated 600 billion dollars of real estate religious groups owned is also probably low, since it leaves out property besides actual churches, mosques, etc. All this money is gifted by us in the hope of good works for the greater good with absolutely no controls as to how the funds are to be allocated. A fair exchange many would say and there is tangible evidence of community involvement and good works. Unfortunately there is no audit mechanism for monitoring where a penny of those billions of dollars go.
The influences that religious institutions on our elected officials￼ who are themselves theists is only checked by the secular grounding each may have. In all regions of the country there are constant efforts to encroach into the public domain. The pattern is of a concerted effort to subvert the secular order from within in the government by elected officials aligned with religious groups. These are almost exclusively Christians and their goal seems to be to make the United States a “Christian nation”. It’s the migration of the Christian Right to white nationalism that will become the fuel to the fire of violent extremism. Just say’n.
Take a moment to reflect on this. What kind of mind demands to be worshiped for doing what came naturally and why should anyone feel compelled to be subservient to a benevolent benefactor. Forever! Nationofnope.