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1982
Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 19 issue 3

Why Do People Believe or Disbelieve?

Letting science answer the question


We are not dealing with the kind of religion that persists or the status of its truth claims—which may be irrelevant for many believers—but with the power of religious symbols and institutions to provide structure and order, and to give purpose in an otherwise meaningless and perhaps terrifying universe.

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