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There are things more important than the truth sometimes. You are in a terrible position as an apathetic non-believer to understand the importance of that, I suppose. There is evidence that faith protects against mental illness; surely that's a signal that religion is good for the soul, excuse the pun?
Oh, did I mention that I'm beyond middle age, which also seriously damages my chances.
To me thinking "those starving people really need a solar powered bible" is, at best, unscientific. This is a science website so I'm going to carry on bashing them just as I will bash the people who think snake oil cures malaria or who reckon that we never went to the moon.
Yes, this is a science website. However, that does not mean science can be used to guide our actions when it comes to social situations. Science is reductionist & looks at one variable - trying to make out that religious belief in the way you define it as one variable is a massive oversimplification. Racism, was (& I guess still is) based on observations (i.e black slaves were not intelligent, for example), and was also justified by science. Don't make the mistake of thinking that scientific conclusions are free of the influence of their culture - or that observations themselves are free of those influences, & the conclusions that scientists make. I mean, there is no objective, scientific testability of the truth to value claims, & that's what racism is - a claim that one race is worth less or more than another.Unfortunately, as wonderful as science is in testing claims, it is not a magical solution to world problems.