Oh great, not only does our culture find us all too fat, we are also told that our brain/emotions are too “fat” as well, padded with unnecessary and empty calorie type things such as a God concept and religion. Ken Pulliam writes about faith and religion being “cognitive-emotional cheesecake.” I know where this is going. Just because something’s no longer evolutionarily necessary it does not mean that people can’t or won’t use it. We are admonished daily for our so-called lack of discipline with eating and we have a country shrieking at us about the diet-industry backed “obesity myth” (which may also be based on emotion). So now atheists have to admonish us for our propensity toward God and the implied lack of discipline to resist religion? It seems to me that our bodies and brains are designed to protect us, whether that means extra pounds or extra beliefs. So why the trends toward making ourselves, through denial and want, less of the people we should be and more like lean, mean machines which have to be maintained, excised, banded, surger-ied or lobotomized and de-spiritualized at all costs?
Update: Although I sound confrontative, I have no “beef” with Ken (there’s that food analogy again). His blog is great and his ideas make me think. I like that.