Bridging the Gap Between Believers and Skeptics
That's not surprising given that I think you credit too much to religion, and would have enjoyed knowing WHY you disagree with the opinions you reject rather than just THAT you disagree..
Here is how I see the discussion being done so far. I'm going to solve this right now by using my head to predict how this conversation will go. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Me: "Religion has helped man answer why he exists, and for me, it is to be generous. Religions practice generosity because of their faiths."
You: "Science could have done everything that you say religion can, and religion is not needed to build schools or hospitals."
Me: "But religion is why they do things like that. People get inspired to do good because of their religion. This is why hospitals are called after saints and the reason we have parochial schools."
You: "But people could do that without religion. Religion is only meant to feed into man's psychological desire to be more important than he actually is."
Me: "I disagree. Many of these things would not be made if it weren't for the religious establishments and their faith carrying people towards salvation. It is true that there are schools and hospitals that exist without the support of a religion, but many people seek religion to do better in their personal and social lives. There is an underlying benefit to religion that you have not considered."
You: "That underlying benefit is to help people psychologically and by no means those things couldn't exist without religion. If there is a demand for a school or a hospital it can and will be built without faith."
Me: "You fundamentality don't understand why religion exists. Religion exists for many people to give them the reason to build those institutions. It is true that many of these establishments would be built regardless, but that does not impede on the importance of why they are built."
You: "I don't care why they are built. Religion is just a way to psychologically ease people."
Me: "And that psychological easing helps people do things they normally wouldn't be capable of doing before, correct? In order to change something externally you have to change how people think of themselves internally."
You: "But in the end all religion, and faith does, is help people psychologically."
There. I recreated your argument and answered how I thought about it. This conversation is circular and does not interest me at all. Why do people do the things they do? For some people, it is because of God. If they didn't have the psychological motivation to do those things, because of God, things might not be worse, but they would be different, regardless. And, honestly, I think without religion things would overall be worse - something I know we could debate and argue with in circular fashion from now until the end of time.
I am not interested in doing this with you.