My point more or less was simply that if you're going to believe something for the peace of mind it gives you, why select a pre-established religion? Why not believe you are a god, and all things exist because you live in this world, and that when you die everything will cease to be. ...[snip/length]
Because it has to be something you can ACTUALLY believe. If a person has been mistreated in their life, it's unlikely that they can believe something like "I am God and everything is created entirely for me."
Pretending to believe something gives no peace of mind. It's genuine acceptance of the belief that brings with it peace of mind.
This, of course, is why I couldn't find peace of mind with Christianity. Although, I couldn't find that, even when I really DID believe it. The sort of peace of mind that it offers wasn't fulfilling the specific need I had. Thus I left it and found something that did fulfill that need.
Also, many people accept it simply because they were raised that way. Several religions, and especially the Judaic-based religions, lend peace of mind to the "raised that way" believer in this manner: Believing is mandatory in order to avoid paralyzing fear.
At the end of my tenure as a Christian (so to speak), I was there only out of fear. Leaving left me with a crippling fear, having been raised with the threats Christianity levels against all and sundry. So for some, accepting the established religion is a matter of avoiding that paralyzing terror.
Again, as I say... it is psychologically damaging.
As for the rest of it, it's amusing you think I'm an atheist, or that I'm saying any of that. You're trying to straw-man into being something I'm not and saying things I haven't. It's also apparent you haven't watched (or maybe heard) the entirety of the video. Putting faith in its place isn't about destruction of people's beliefs as much as it is marginalization of them so they don't have an effect on others. "It's place" is explicitly implied throughout the video to be the personal realm and no where else.
I fail to see where I said anything about YOU being an atheist.
As far as the video goes, the snobbery and snidery of it is clear. You can say one thing with your specific words, while saying something else with the over-all tone of the delivery of those words.
For the record, I do not want to destroy anyone's faith in god. I simply pointed out that it's unfair to say science and religion are equally supported. Even if they both involve some degree of belief, one of them has direct, practical, and powerful applications.
Depending upon the person, both of them can have direct, practical, and powerful applications. What you value, another might not. Personally, I could live in the forest and grow my own food, and live a spiritual life, and be very happy. Unfortunately, I am stuck in society, and thus my spirituality helps me even more than science, because really, without my spirituality, the only help I would want from science is killing myself.
And on a societal level, it's easily arguable that religion (even the crappy, dangerous ones) have had powerful, practical, and direct applications. For some, their only morality comes from religion.
It depends on their behavior as a whole. Are they happy but hurting others with their beliefs and how they act upon it?
An argument can be made for just about any religion in the way you're attacking Christianity. Don't believe me, present me with a challenge in the form of a religion you believe to be guiltless.
That's an incredibly unfair way of viewing Christianity. The darker side is typically ignored by Christians, in favor of the lighter messages of love and acceptance. Fundamentalists (who cannot put faith in its place) are the ones who given the religion a bad name. Upwards of 3/4 of the population of the United States is Christian; think for 3/4 of all the people you know, how many of them are crazy fundamentalists in the harmful way you've described?
Unfortunately, the book of their religion is the problem. Yes, we are fortunate that many ignore the book, and just live the parts they like. However, there ARE religions in the world that don't terrorize you if you leave them. There ARE religions in the world that don't require you to threaten people (even nicely and politely) if they choose not to accept your religion.
There ARE religions in the world whose holy books don't tell you to kill anyone who won't worship your god. There ARE religions in the world whose holy books don't attempt to terrorize anyone who won't accept the belief.
Christianity's danger is in the psychological damage it does to people. While you might claim that it's only the fundamentalists who have killed and tortured others, but that's not the truth. It was mainstream to be Christian for a long time, and they DID follow their book and kill unbelievers, just as Jesus demands.
It may no longer be that way, but it's within the RELIGION to kill. It's inherent in the religion itself, in its holy book. That's one reason why I consider it to be dangerous. The other reason is the way that it teaches "love" as violent, brutal abuse. This is psychologically damaging to children (and adults alike).
That argument can NOT be made for every holy book. Those arguments are EASY to make about the Bible.