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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 ofthe 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) oThink of all the ways that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have changed throughout their history (what are some examples?)oSince 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)