Concerning the validity claim made my virtually all religious texts both East and West. There is much that is wise, consoling and beautiful to be found in this worlds current religious texts. But are there not also abundant passages of beauty to be found in the works of Shakespeare, Virgil and Homer? And somehow no one has yet to murder thousands of strangers because of the inspiration he found there. The belief that certain books were written by "God" himself(who for reasons difficult to fathom, made Shakespeare a far better writer than himself) leaves us powerless to address the most potent source of human conflict. This being the countless swarms of innocents that have been mudered throughout history for simply not "believing" what the guy next to you believes. This mass slaughter is on the largest scale the death toll of which far surpasses all other wars in documented history. How is it the absurdity of this idea does not bring us daily to our knees. It is safe to say that few of us would have thought that a mass delusion on this scale was possible, if it didn't actually exist. Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were produced by "God" or that specific software was programmed by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything at all be more rediculous than this? And yet, this would be no more rediculous than the world we are living in today!