Karam Assany's Blog

7 Reasons Why I'm not Religious

Despite that I grew up in an Islamic household, and lived (and still living) in a mostly-Islamic society (my parents are devout Muslims and almost all my relatives and friends are Muslims too.), I'm not religious of any kind, specifically not a Muslim. In fact, I've never been a Muslim, I've never embraced Islam or any other religion. However, at some point, and like most children in this world, I was just doing what my parents indoctrinated me to do. In the past two years, I started investigating all those doctrines, and concluded that faith is just a mere delusion.

Reason 1: I don't need to be religiously affiliated

I mean, I don't need this distressing identity. I don't need this additional yet unnecessary identity to isolate myself and the others into smaller and smaller subgroups. Considering the awful reality that most people take on their parents' religion, no sane person should care about religious affiliation. Religion as an ideology is very dangerous for individuals, especially in non-secular and theocratist cultures. It's true that religion was not meant to exist wholly for the sole purpose of controling the population, but today it is mainly utilized to do so. I don't need more borders in my life, I need freedom.

Reason 2: Some religious doctrines are immature, narcissist and ridiculous

I subscribe to the hypothesis that religions generally arise because of fear, ignorance and mental disorders. Our ancestors - when they gradually became sapient - were very lonely in the wild nature, so they had the urge to use their brand new imagination machine to invent some "non-natural" realities to feel less lonely. Humans (like other animals) don't like the observed inevitablity of death, so they come to believe (using their imaginary) in the afterlife or reincarnation. Humans also like to believe they're significant and special, so they deny mediocrital scientific theories like the evolution and the Big Bang. And as we know, humans tend to accept social superstition and heritage, and that's the whole story of religions. But that ought to stop! In this age of humanity, where people have open access to knowledge, it's time to grow up.

Reason 3: Naturalist explanations are anecdotally more trusted

Naturalism, rationalism and empiricism are the three pillars of the scientific method; which is the most trusted source of evidence. Instead of superstition; science and philosophy can go hand in hand toward a better knowledge base. Religious philosophy is highly human-based and cannot be "formalized", therefore it is hardly trusted. All we need in place is a sophisticated reason-based or nature-based philosophy like those of mathematics and science.

Reason 4: Morals cannot be based on religion

Simply put, morals are evolving while mainstream religions are resisting.

Reason 5: Religious faith is mostly rooted and supported by emotion, not reason

Religious faith is, by the admission of their founders and followers, based on and maintained by pure emotions. Fear is an example. Plus, religious faith is, as opposed to faith in science, is not very useful. In fact, it is shown to be very dangerous, and we have seen too much examples.

Reason 6: Dogmatism is the central problem.

And fundamentalism is the consequence. Most religions have a set of red borders that no one is allowed to jump over. Because obviously if you did jump over them, you'd be outside forever.

Reason 7: Supernatural beings and paranormal phenomena only exist in stories

Gods, angels, devils, ghosts and all the other mystical beings ever told of, are not providing us any direct proof of their existence. Science cannot observe non-material/non-energical beings, but it can explain the anecdotes given by people who claim they witnessed such things. It is safe to say that all supernatural phenomena are first-class human inventions.

In the end, these reasons are not always enough for everyone to follow the secular path, but for me, they are!