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Politically and socially, secularization is the creation of institutions independent of ecclesiastical authority -- the authority of churches and religious groups. In the past, religious figures held the authority to govern, deliver medical care, and educate; today, such responsibilities have been taken over by non-religious authority figures who deliver the services independent of church structures. Independence from the church, though, also means independence from superstition.

Read Article: Secularism vs. Superstition: Secularization Promotes Reason over Superstition

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June 7, 2006 at 9:53 am
(1) sean connor says:

Atheists do not have to prove the non-existence of god and his so-called son, Jesus. There is no evidence for the existence of a supernatural, all-powerful being, consequently, it is a logical impossibility for Jesus to be the son of God. The only evidence for the existence of Jesus have been proved to be forgeries, some of these forgeries date back to the third century, some date back to 2003 and were the work of an Israeli con-man. Both Islam and Christianity are the biggest con-tricks ever played on humanity.

October 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(2) Jeanne says:

Religion has become big business so it it is vital to keep the coffers full by keeping people feeling helpless.

Reason, logic, critical thinking, etc. do not promote superstition and therefore do not keep the money flowing.

Perhaps religions did not start out this way. Perhaps they began as a way to explain things that people did not understand. Today, many things that were one explained only with religion and myth are now fully explained by science. Yet, many people still need the comfort of believing that there is something protecting them, something in charge. That could explain the popularity of mythical super heroes in the movies. God could be something like Ironman coming to the rescue. They problem is, we know that Ironman, Superman, Batman, etc are not real, but continue to cling tho the invisible cosmic superhero..

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