I thought I should alert the reader to an excellent post at Good Reason. In it, Daniel Midgley draws a contrast between religion’s claim that it can provide answers to spiritual questions, and it’s spectacular failure, when pressed, to do so.
For instance, the only attempts I’ve seen at answering the question of why God allowed the Sandy Hook massacre to happen are from people like Mike Huckabee, who reckon it’s because we’ve “taken God out of the schools”. What a spiteful, callous God that would have to be: Politicians make a decision about prayer in schools, and God decides to pay them back by allowing innocent children to be killed!
The fact is, religion doesn’t provide answers at all. It has no reliable epistemology. It’s main purpose is to comfort people with invented platitudes. Platitudes which must not be studied too hard lest their logical incoherence and lack of empirical support be exposed.