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Religion: The ‘first and worst’ explanation

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/religion_the_first_and_worst_explanation_20081022

It belongs to the terrified childhood of our species, before we knew about germs or could account for earthquakes. It belongs to our childhood, too, in the less charming sense of demanding a tyrannical authority: a protective parent who demands compulsory love even as he exacts a tithe of fear.

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