I'll point out here that you never bothered to make any distinction between religion and organized religion. In fact you were praising the decline of religion not, that of 'organized religion" and the Pope spoke of 'godlessness" not "unorganized godliness". So you're either changing direction in midstream here or you didn't think through where you were going with this.
In fact yes, I am praising the decline of Christianity as an institution. This is an establishment that persecuted Galileo for simply revealing the truth, then they buried it and finally got around to forgiving him 400 years later. This is the institution that held Western society back through the Dark Ages, launched the misery of the Crusades and burnt, tortured and butchered untold masses in pursuit of its agenda.
To say that that happened way back when isn't good enough; the church has to be accountable for all the atrocities it committed. Hell yes I'd love to see it go on the extinct pile. This doesn't mean Christianity as a faith must go too, it simply means the legacy of wide-scale control of the Holy Roman Empire must fall at some point. Now is as good a time as any.
Actually I have read things though. You simply aren't making logical or valid arguments. You have a string of opinions through out here in this thread that aren't really supported by anything. They aren't even really organized and in the last couple of posts have even become contradictory. As at this point you've gone from suggesting that religion itself is an evil tool for control and oppression to suggesting 'organized religion is wrong'.
That's an opinion, and you're certainly entitled to it. Perhaps I didn't explain myself in-depth enough from the getgo, but for the record you appear to be the only one in the thread that didn't 'get it'.
For the record I don't say for a moment we don't need some form of moral code to guide most people, but it needn't be a large organized faith.
Do people need, organization to be religious? No. On ther other hand you haven't asserted anything aside from your somewhat inconsistant opinion that religion or organized religion is wrong.
Also an opinion, and you're entitled it. To clarify here, I haven't asserted it to your standards, which are clearly biased against my entire thread from the onset.
Furthermore, you don't 'know' that organized faiths are wrong because they have various doctrinal disputes or worship different gods for that matter. Its intellectually lazy to say "the religions of the world don't all agree so they must all be wrong". That sort of reasoning extends to any argument in which case if everyone participating can't agree everyone is wrong? That's absurd. Furthermore, when dealing with such things only one person need be right. Nor does any person need to be entirely write, as undoubtedly there are different intrepretations of whatever is 'right'.
know they're wrong. I said I was referring to the metaphysics that religions promote; as Dr. Carl Sagan put it, it's where religion gets into trouble, when it pretends to know something about science.
Most faiths have incompatible beliefs here, and most believe they are correct, which proves them all in error. If that isn't enough, science has largely buried these mythologies. There's no point in raising your children to believe the earth is flat, women were created from magically from the rib of man, or that the planet is only 6,000 years old when it's been irrefutably proven otherwise.