“And no religion, too. (Nothing to kill or die for.)” And yet there would be killing and dying.

If I could fashion a world without pain, but also without God, I would have none of it. To live without meaning, without the companionship and essence of divinity, would not be an existence worth having. The atrocities men do in the name of religion, we understand as wrong because of the presence of God within the world. Without it, we would be insects perpetrating brutality on each other without the ability to reflect morally and compassionately on our actions.

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