I'm actually personally not completely dismissive of the idea of some sort of greater force behind the overarching nature of the universe, but that's VERY much not the same thing as just straight up accepting every aspect of christian dogma or something, and it irks me a bit that many people of faith take that as a "win" somehow; Personally, at the moment i'm thinking either stable time loop or some kind of program within the realm of a greater universe makes as much sense as anything.
I suppose i can't help but be a bit irritated at religion when a lot of the overarching structures of major religions are so overtly manipulative. Like the whole "if you don't believe this, you'll go to hell" thing, and "when we die, every bad person that was never punished will be punished, and every good person who was never rewarded will be rewarded", it just strikes me as feeding way too much into our natural desire for justice, telling us what we want to hear, and being structured more on the idea's ability to proliferate itself rather than being based in any actual truth. Growing up being raised as a christian i know most about it, which is why i'm using it as the example here, and a lot of factors strike me as being more successful models for surviving in the environments of the time. Condemnation of murder keeps a population size larger, banning of raw seafood keeps disease down, faithfulness to a partner yields an environment where children can have a strong support structure growing up, reward and punishment models for keeping and cultivating the belief are built-in. Christian dogma sets itself up for success because it's rules, while clearly not perfect from a moral perspective, are VERY successful from the perspective of creating a stable and proliferating society of people who believe in it and follow it's teachings, especially in the context of it's age. Like, imagine for a second if the reality was that we have souls, and the only way to go to heaven is to murder our friends and family, or kill ourselves before we hit puberty. Even if it was 100% true, that idea isn't sticking around, because those who believe it can't thrive within the set rules, and it's probably not appealing enough to gain more followers at the same rate it's killing off it's current followers, and thus the idea will die. This is why i don't buy in to at least organized rePost too long. Click here to view the full text.