Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space.
I often hear religious believers expound on the wonders of their faith and how it gives them a sense of transcendence; a sense that there’s something beyond this world and beyond our understanding and beyond and beyond and beyond …
It mystifies me when that kind of transcendence is found in religion.
The gods of our mainstream religions are just so small.
Take the Jewish god. He’s a petty misogynist obsessed with diet, fabrics and personal hygiene.
The Christian god (thought to be the same guy once he’d become a father and calmed down a bit) wants his followers to ritually cleanse themselves and demands legal marriage before any rubbing of genitalia can take place.
The Islamic god is also obsessed with sex, calling for adulterers to be stoned and women to cover their bodies lest the men around them fail to control themselves.
Just stop for a minute. Would an omnipotent and omniscient god really be interested in these things?
Look at the stars. Look at the Universe around you. Look at all the wondrous things these gods supposedly created.
We are a vanishingly small island in an unimaginably vast ocean of energies and forces.
Do you really think a being capable of mapping the galaxies cares how many times you wash your hands?