I downloaded the free PDF of God’s Debris by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. It’s an interesting take on ‘the big questions’ and is well worth a read. I won’t try to precis it here because as Scott says, it’s the sort of book to share with friends and then debate into the night, but here’s a taster:
“Are you saying God doesn’t exist?” I asked, trying to get to the point.
“I’m saying that people claim to believe in God, but most don’t literally believe. They only act as though they believe because there are earthly benefits in doing so. They create a delusion for themselves because it makes them happy.”
“So you think only the atheists believe their own belief?” I asked.
“No. Atheists also prefer delusions,” he said.
“So according to you, no one believes anything that they say they believe.”
“The best any human can do is to pick a delusion that helps him get through the day. This is why people of different religions can generally live in peace. At some level, we all suspect that other people don’t believe their own religion any more than we believe ours.”