Is man a religious being?

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    Catholics believe that The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator. Throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being

    Is man a religious being?
     
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    I don't think man is a religious being naturally.

    But I think it's natural for humans to be curious and wonder how the hell we got here. Religion has always provided humans with answers to that, but much more as well: Comfort, guidance, answers, strength, inspiration. Not to mention the obvious negative things it has provided some, such as control, cover and excuses. And then, of course, many are raised in it and have a deep-seeded attachment to it.

    We've created, nurtured and maintained over 2,500 gods since we've been here, as I understand it. There will always be strong demand for the positive benefits of religion I listed above, so there will always be belief in gods.
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    So you don’t believe that man is hardwired to practice religion?

    How do you square that with Darwin?
     
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    Well, I think we're naturally curious beings, and that religion sure as hell (no pun intended) provides plentiful material for curiosity.

    I don't see a direct connection between evolutionary processes and this. One constant of Man has been his natural curiosity.
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    Catholics believe that desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.

    Wouldn’t the 2,500 different perceptions of God tend to prove this?
     
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    According to Darwin natural selection is based upon functional advantage and transfer of functional advantage to the next generation.

    If religion provided no functional advantage it would have been discarded long ago.
     
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    No, I don't think so. Again, we've always known there are things we don't know. Like the neanderthal looking up and seeing the sun or the stars.

    "What am I doing here? What is this?" seem like the most fundamental questions of all. So as time went on, we created some answers.
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    Sure, that's my point. There is great utility in religion. Huge. That's why it will always exist.
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    So you don’t believe the overwhelming prevalence of religion throughout the history of mankind can be traced back to any sort of natural disposition?
     
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    Let me change my answer in this way: Yes I do. It's based on Man's natural curiosity. But not on some divine seed, if that's what you're asking.
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