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Religion may make you happy, but that does not make it true

Religion makes some people happy, but their feelings do not mean that their religion is true.Richard Dawkins:I wish it were not necessary to add that such beneficial effects in no way boost the truth value of religion’s claims. In George Bernard Shaw’s words, ‘The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.’A common strategy is for the religion to make the followers feel worthless or broken and then to give them back their sense of worth and wholeness.Alan Watts:...if one wants to feel exhilaratingly light-footed, it is always possible to go around for some time with lead in one's shoes — and then take them off. The sense of relief will certainly be proportional to the length of time such shoes have been worn, and to the weight of the lead. This is equivalent to the old trick of religious revivalists who give their followers a tremendous emotional uplift by first implanting an acute sense of …