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Falsity of religion? Religions are not scientific, but they do have some similarities. |
They are based on dogma, which are articles of faith. This is like an axiom in mathematics. When you start a mathematical explanation, you start by stating your axioms, which are things that you believe to be true. So you can write a computer program, based on your mathematics, which will give you answers that rely upon your axioms.
Similarly, the religions of people are like computer programs that influence how a people behave, based on their axoims ( or in the case of religion, articles of faith ).
In the end the value of a religion can be measured by the good that it generates. Just as you might judge a computer program on the value of its output. That is, if you believe in "good". Even people who are not religious often subscribe to some moral philosophy. However, in doing so, they are merely starting from a different set of axioms, and running a different computer program.
Come to think of it... maybe religion is more like economics... there are lots of theories and lots of opinions, but ultimately you cannot prove a right answer. The most important thing is that you find a set of economic models that affect how the economy performs in the best fashion.
We do not say... "get rid of economics" because it is false, we just try to find better economic models. Maybe some religions prosper, because they help the people who adopt them. Maybe we should just be looking to make better religions, just like we seek to improve economic theories?