WHAT IS THEIR PURPOSE?
And that was the first half of the English worksheet. In order to examine the character that is Faustus, we examined the areas of study that he rejected in favor of black magic. Logic, medicine, and law I had down. But Divinity...I wondered aloud, what the hell is Divinity's purpose?
"Is it to..." I began, "...to satisfy human curiosity? Kind of explain the unknown."
"Yeah. And to establish a set of morals," My partner replied immediately.
This confused me. "I thought that would fall under Law."
"But Law already exists."
"No but humans make Law to control moral behavior," I begin to babble. "I never really associated morals with religion--"
"I think there's a big connection between religion and morals," My partner informed me seriously. My mouth twitched.
"I'll put morals with a question mark," I muttered.
But really. From an Atheist's point of view, I see religion as a result of human fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of death. Egyptian culture was obsessed with death, to the extent of creating an entire new world for the dead to live in, depicting it through craftsmanship and architecture. Native American creation stories uncovered the mystery of nature to them--the earth was a flat turtle, or the people emerged from the center of the earth. Prayer is widespread. Christians pray to repent for their sins, to thank God for earthly goods, to plead for certain events. Hindus pray to find peace, balance. Muslims pray systematically with a definite schedule to connect with Allah. When you have gods with you, you are never alone. When religious community surrounds you, you are never alone. Religion is, if anything, an emotional comfort.
Seeing the destruction it has also caused, I cannot associate religion with moral behavior.