Religion was a clever invention to control the masses long before ideas such as democracy and government emerged. You religious zealots, think about this - there are thousands of religions and gods, and you just happened to pick the correct, one. What are the odds? Why does god create babies with horrible diseases? Why did he create cancer? Christians believe we all are descendants of Adam and Eve. Whom did their children marry and have children with?
Science does not have all the answers, but it is the best tool we have to try to answer life’s tough questions. If religion teaches us anything, it should be about the dangerous power of brain washing. As someone said, if 40 million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. As the author points out, leeches and blood-letting were also generally accepted practices not too long ago.
If god gave me a brain and I choose to use it for critical thinking, am I going to rot in hell?