Thank you. I've been saying this all along. Why is there a need to "follow" something not based on fact? Can't someone be righteous based on facts? You know what the word "assume" means. You never saw the old odd couple reruns? ***/out of /u/ and me. Thank you so much for saying this. Religion ALWAYS attempts to separate mankind from our surroundings. It assumes there's something greater, but IMO that's where religions falls short. There is NOTHING out THERE that's greater than us. THE UNIVERSE IS ONE. WE ARE ALL THE SAME GREATNESS. There is NO separation. Yes there is a higher power of course. Yes there should be appreciation for that power. But we are the SAME POWER just in a finite sense, that's all. Really? Not nowadays. Maybe it was hard when our ancestors first arrived here, the fact that religion was beaten into us. Funny you use oxygen. Because life is NOT based on faith. You can't breathe "faith". I KNOW if you lungs shut down, you won't be asking for a mask filled with "faith", you'll be BEGGING for oxygen. THANK YOU. That's what this WHOLE thread is ABOUT. Thank you for signing on. You were the one boasting about ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND DEGREES. Then when I suggest you measure your intelligence based on euroPEON standards, now my comment has nothing to do with what you said? When what I said was based on you your boasting. Thank you for your comment, and confirming the direction of this thread. I will highlight two very important points you made IMO. 1. Religion isnt predicated on fact. 2. Thus it isnt common sense. The title of this thread is I've always maintained I don't think it's a question of intelligence alone as opposed to fear, misinformation and gullibility. Though I do feel intelligence has to come into play at some point. At some point a person has to recognize what they are "following" and why. You need faith and belief that every breath you take actually sucks in life giving oxygen?????? Most have accepted this as scientific fact?????? You really don't have the knowledge??????? Ok cover your mouth with duck tape, cut off all access to air. Then let me know how faith will get air though the tape. NO CHEATING, like punching holes in tape. Just wait for "faith" to open an airway. When I see the ambulance pick up someone with in need of air, I see them use an "oxygen" mask, not a "faith" mask.