Letter from a friend who holds on to his theism
if someone's parent dies and they feel their parent is watchin over them and guidin them and that brings comfort to them in their trauma...
whats wrong with that?
That's not very harmful in itself. As you see in our world, some people who do harm in the name of religion believe in the same god that the above person does, however they have a different reaction with their belief. Your scenario can be like a gateway drug, some people go off the deep end others merely do what you mentioned above. My biggest gripe with the above scenario is that it's a dishonest one. I abhor dishonesty directed at others, but abhor it even more when it is dishonesty with oneself. It's a fantasy world based on nothing that can be proven in reality, sure it makes people feel better... but at a cost. Scientific study on the failure of prayer as it relates to heart surgery: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg18725094.300.html
Isnt irrational belief not the worst thing in the world?
No, irrational belief is not the worst thing in the world. However often times irrational belief can lead to some of the worst things in the world.
I mean isnt the important thing to have equal rights and decent living conditions for all people?
That is an important thing, yes.
Isnt that more important than havin everyone think exactly the same (i.e. atheist)
That's a strawman. You've presented something that is untrue and set up a false proposition for me to answer. Atheists don't all think exactly the same. In fact there are plenty of irrational atheists. There is a saying amonst atheists... "the only thing that an atheist must have in common with another atheist is lacking a belief in god."
Now if you mean, that everyone would lack belief in god, yes that would be a good start. That would help achieve exactly what you hope to achieve. You hope to achieve equal rights and decent living conditions, and the end of theism would play quite a nice role in those things coming to fruition. The crusades come to mind, the Holocaust comes to mind, and Christianity vs. Islam come to mind as all things that would disappear as a result of the end of theism.
Peace right back atcha.