On religion and faith

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“ Considering the role that religion so often plays in fueling conflicts abroad and inspiring bigotry at home, it is not always so easy to defend the value of religion in society. And, in a world in which reason and religion seem to be moving further apart, it is certainly understandable why so many people view religious faith as the hallmark of an irrational mind (…) …in the end, faith is nothing more or less than a choice. You either believe there is something beyond the physical world, or you don’t. You either believe you are more than the sum of your material parts, or you don’t. You either believe in the existence of a soul, or you don’t (…) Beyond the doctrines and the dogma, the do’s and the don’t’s, religion is simply a framework for thinking about the existential questions we all struggle with as human beings  ”

Reza Aslan, ‘Why I am a Muslim’, CNN

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