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Future of Religion and Religious Discourse "The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "An illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere" - Freud "Everything of value that people get from religion can be had more honestly, without presuming anything on insufficient evidence. The rest is self-deception, set to music" - Sam Harris "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, the soul of the soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people" - Marx "If the people were a little more ignorant, astrology would flourish - if a little more enlightened, religion would perish" - Robert Green Ingersoll "The old gods are aging or are already dead, and others are not yet born" - Durkheim World religions have an ability to adapt to changing cultures and contexts (they are not static or uniform entities) o Think of all the ways that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have changed throughout their history (what are some examples?) o Since religions like Christianity and Islam contain such large numbers, they also have a lot of variance (which even from a purely evolutionary model increases the chances for survival)

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