So what if hypothetically, in the best of all possible worlds, belief in the nonsense of religion would disappear? Say the Roman juggernaut would shut down; the Pope, cardinals and priests would all get real jobs; the primitive Baptist and Islamic fundementalists would see the error of their ways and 'convert' to rationality. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
My problem is that almost everything I love has somehow been tainted by religion. The great works of music, literature and art until perhaps 100 years ago, have all been born out of the belief in, or at least influenced by those irrational and infantile ideas, which most people in this forum including me reject out of hand.
But I don't want to do without Bach's St. Matthew Passion or the Verdi Requiem, or Jesus Christ Superstar. I like Carols at Christmas. I enjoy looking at great art, (even not so great art). The US economy would hardly function without Santa Claus at the Mall every year and I want the throngs to patronize my store and buy all the Christmas rubbish I have to sell them.
All of the above is created out of and predicated on utter superstitious nonsense. But I like it.
Can I have my cake and eat it?