Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.

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Metaphors are fine if they aid understanding but sometimes they get in the way.

Metaphors are fine if they aid understanding, but sometimes they get in the way.

I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales.

I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales.

Complex statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple s

Complex statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple statistically probable things.

If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence as opposed to tradition a

If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists.

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