So why do people hold onto fantacy beliefs.  I think it might be quite simple.  Here are my two best reasons.  1. If something else is responsible you yourself are not.  2.  The social bonds (people in the loop) made in the fantasy reasoning must be defended.  I know nothing can be this simple so help me out here.

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Comment by Earther on July 26, 2011 at 10:34am
I enjoyed your comments.  What is sticking with me right now is the fear and father figure aspect.  Ultimately the father or "paraental figure" has to do with sex.  To me everything has to do with sex, it just makes sense to me.  Maybe this is why the religious opposition to open language about sex is because they cannot frame the idea of life in the concept of sex.  That fear of life and death is only comforted by a parent who makes everything better rather than using science as a reason. 
Comment by Allena Weber on July 26, 2011 at 7:17am
people believe in religion because they need a crutch-like some other people have said they don't want to face life on their own.It's quite sad really.
Comment by Steph S. on July 25, 2011 at 10:23pm
I think that humans don't want to think that their existence is finite.  They are comforted in the belief they will live forever in heaven. They wish to be immortal.  I agree with Andrea in that the imaginary father figure is there to help them in their everyday lives, helping them cope.  And I agree with Cliff that fear is a very good motivator for religious belief, specifically the fear of nonexistence.
Comment by Atheist Andrea on July 25, 2011 at 9:57pm
Right on, Cliff! Love your phrase about not being able to inhale oxygen. This basically sums up religion in one paragraph.
Comment by Atheist Andrea on July 25, 2011 at 9:38pm
I love how they think, "Well, if I was meant to have this job then God would have given it to me.". Do they know how many people are on this earth never mind all the stars and galaxies he is building? Why would they believe god has time to care about some puny person getting a job? They also can't deal with the emotional aspect of being let-down so they protect their fragile minds as if they are children by thinking, "If God wanted it to happen then it would have happened." They use an imaginary person to help them cope in life instead of being head-strong and sucking it up like an adult.

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