When religion is discussed and you run through all the inconsitencies and wrong doing that sprouts from these "holy texts", a few of the arguments left in favour of religion are that:
1/ A lot of charity and kinds acts are performed by the religious in the name of god.
2/ Religion offers consolation to those who have lossed loved ones or are experiencing times of depression.
In regards to the first point, I don't think a few charitable acts can excuse all of the acts of evil performed in the name of god. I think Stephen Fry put it something along the lines of (I cant find the actual quote, sorry)" if a mass murderer was up in court being tried for his crimes and the jury looked at his past and said 'Oh but he helped his mum with the groceries lots of times, surely we can't convict him'" that would not exempt him from his crimes and that is essentially the same arguement of charity exempting religion from all it's wrong doing. But I digress...
So coming back to my original reason for creating this thread; if people do not have religion, what could they have to replace it to provide consolation?
Does this wish thinking equal a lack of intelligence? Religion is well known for preying on the poor and uneducated.
Do we really need aything to replace it?
Can people grow to not fear death and instead move forward on how we view life and its value?
I'm interested to hear all of your views.