Monday, November 19, 2007

Purposes for this endeavor

In a debate about the merits and demerits of religion, reasonable minds all too often resort to the same tired lines of argument. On the pro-religion side, we are regaled with stories of the feelings of caring, good works and fellowship that religion can inspire in people. On the anti-religion side, otherwise intelligent atheists are often left with the same tired repetition of examples such as the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, Islamic notions of jihad and other such readily identifiable evils that the pro-religion apologists can quickly discount as mere aberrations.

The thesis of this site is that the evils of religion as far more insidious than the large-scale, instantly newsworthy, easily discounted evils (my so-called "Grand Evils") with which we are all so familiar. In fact, the malevolent effects are far more widespread, insidious and damaging than the Grand Evils. It is through this site that I hope to catalog these myriad "Subtle Evils", which are responsible for such a large portion of humankind's suffering over the last several thousand years.

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