Religion is a funny thing. Most people believe in one or another and assert that theirs is true. Many religious people also assert that every other religion believed in by anyone else ranges from completely false to highly suspect. There are religions that believe in many gods, others that believe in one god, and there are even religions that preach no gods. There are also sects within religions that disavow other sects within the same religion. There are religions that are extinct and new religions formed all the time. The reformation of older religions is also ongoing. What all religions seem to have in common are (1) supernatural beliefs that others don't believe and (2) absolutely no real demonstrable evidence that can be repeated and shown to others in support of any of their supernatural beliefs. If you think about it, religion truly is a funny thing in every sense of that word. Many people define their religion to be the all-encompassing paradigm of their existence that causes them to do completely virtuous, altruistic things. Yet religion also causes others, who are equally or even more pious, to commit mass murder. And both have been true for many religions throughout history. This volume takes a broad and satirical look at religions writ large, mainly to question. It's aimed largely at atheists and those on the fence, but theists may be encouraged to read it too and question for themselves. How did you acquire religion? Why? What do you believe? Why? Why not believe other equally implausible things that others do believe? This volume is just a light hearted attempt to ask. C'est tout.
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About the Author
Joel T. Heinen was born and raised in Western New York, near the city of Buffalo. He has degrees from Virginia Tech and Ohio State and was conferred a PhD from Michigan in 1992. For the past twenty-five years, he has been professor of environmental studies (now Earth and environment) at Florida International University, Miami, and he has published widely in academic literature. He had served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal (1984–1988), a Fulbright senior scholar in Kyrgyzstan (1999–2000), and as a member of several national and international organizations related to conservation. Having overcome religion rather early on, he has been an agnostic atheist his entire adult life and began writing these irreverent essays while on sabbatical in the 2014–2015 academic year. We hope that you like these essays, or at least, we hope that you don’t hate them too much. Any and all complaints about them should, of course, be directed at any number of gods forthwith. And God knows, there are plenty of those to choose from.