The greater the degree of bullshit, the greater the threat required
I have come to realize that there is a relationship between the degree of bullshit of a religion, and the severity of the threat required to induce acceptance of said religion. For instance, Christianity's level of bullshit is off of the scale:
- the concept of omnipotence is a paradox
- the concept of the trinity makes absolutely no sense
- the notion that this vast universe was created just for humans is ludicrous
- the Bible is full of many other absurdities, such as the talking snake, Jonah being devoured by a whale, and so forth
Notice that Christianity uses the greatest threat imaginable: eternal suffering for non-belief (whether said non-belief is disbelief, skepticism, or simple ignorance, as in the case of peoples fortunate enough not to have been exposed to Christinsanity).
On the other hand, the degree of bullshit with Hinduism is moderate. This religion teaches the existence of the supernatural, in particular, a pantheon of deities, though it is largely devoid of the dogma of the Abrahamic religions. In Hinduism, the threat is also relatively mild in comparison to that of Christianity: reincarnation as a lower life form.
I maintain that if Christianity threatened mere non-existence for non-belief, rather than eternal suffering (in other words, a heaven versus nothingness paradigm, rather than the heaven versus hell paradigm), that it would have become extinct centuries ago.
Many Christians admit that they cling to that religion due to a fear of hell, so we should definitely focus on this in our activism. For one thing, we should point out to these individuals that it is blatantly obvious that the threat of hell is emotional blackmail necessary to force the masses to believe in a massive degree of bullshit.