religions usually tend to have a certain number of things:

  1. ideas about morality
  2. ideas about a satisfying life
  3. community of similar people to be friends with
  4. supernatural claims (gods, afterlives, souls/spirits, undetected “energies”, historic events)
  5. aesthetic experiences (awe, oneness)
  6. knowledge, self-help
  7. identity

i’d like to point out (using the same numbers as listed above) that you can get these elsewhere:

  1. philosophy, human empathy, science and critical thinking
  2. philosophy, personal narrative, critical thinking, and artistic narrative
  3. non-religious community
  4. well i guess if you really want supernatural claims you can make them up or just find out about them somehow
  5. artistic mindedness, normal human emotion, imagination, dissociation, etc
  6. science, non-religious literature, reason
  7. private contemplation of values, philosophy, etc

what i’m getting at is that people often say that their faith or their belief in god gives them things.  that may be true, yet we can see that those things are all possible elsewhere for non-believers to hopefully enjoy. 

and i must say, modern literature spans greater breadth, and details greater depths than any ancient thought ever did.

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