A branch of science is trying to unravel why religion is so pervasive and persistent. Why is it that, although there are periods when religion lapses in popularity, it never disappears?
Evidence suggests religion does not disappear because it is part of human’s evolutionary makeup. If it were reality one religion or god would come to be seen as the “real” one. Instead, there remain hundreds of religions.
The link suggests religion, like sex, is hard wired into human brains because it was or is needed. That is, the need for religion came about through evolution. One of the interesting side issues of this is it requires more effort to be not religious than to be religious because a “natural tendency” needs to be overcome.
So often I’m told here that I need to study religion, or various versions of it, to better equip myself to write about it. It would not hurt me to do this. But, it is hard to envision what it would accomplish if the subject matter itself is not a product of intellect and study but one of instinct. Better would be to study instincts.
The founding fathers talked of religious impulses. Many of the had traveled overseas and knew to the wide ranging kinds of religions. They knew none of them had a monopoly on the “truth”.
It would be helpful if all religions themselves could come to see their support, at least possibly, as something other than their claims to superior morals or knowledge.