Veritas Aequitas wrote:
Instead of searching outside of humans for answers, why not turn inward and asked what is going on inside the brain/mind of theists that drive them to cling to a God which in most cases is for the purpose of salvation.
That would be interesting psychologically and sociologically.However to claim the presenter of a proposition affects the truth of a proposition is ad hominem error.
Okay, I understand VA's main point :
God which in most cases is for the purpose of salvation.
I would need evidence of a very good statistical survey before I would accept "most cases". Salvation depends on guilt. It is useful for some bossy people to make others feel guilty as then the bossy person can instruct the guilty ones what to do to be 'saved from sins'. I fully expect VA will agree to the social control function of theism.
God belief also has the more positive effect of supernatural authority for a moral code . I note that political communism puts society in place of God for the purpose of authorising a moral code ; this resulted in Stalinism and rule by terror in China. Likewise God has been used to authenticate rule by terror as in the Crusades, persecution of Jews and Cathars, colonisation, and sectarian violence.
Among theisms Xianity has the permanent advantage that its main icon is the life and work of a man; God has thus become humanised and reasonable.