The author does not explain the basis of the statement that his made-up religion would be better than existing religions. Is he asserting that his made-up religion would be more pristine than those that have come down through history merely because of its newness? And why does he find flaw with religions' lack of basis in fact if, in the end, they improve life for their adherents? Religion is not about facts; it's about the end results of the myths and rituals it sustains. We live in a world of myth, despite modern fantasies about science explaining the universe and all its mysteries; religion is but a part of the world of myth and of "good enough" explanations for unknown (and perhaps unknowable) mysteries. I'm not claiming vile acts have not taken place in the name of religion; I'm claiming that the good acts religion impels outnumber those, and because the facts of life after death and other matters typically left to religion are unknowable, the factual basis of any religion is irrelevant.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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