Why am I writing this? Who are these texts for? Who are these texts not for? Passionate belief in science. Gödel theorems, difference between truth and provability. Chaos theory, Heisenberg's inequalities and the fall of determinism. Logic and set theory, categorial grammars, languages, origins and limitations of logical thinking. Limits of scientific knowledge.
Some definitions and terminology. Theists, antitheists, atheists and agnostics. Difference between religion and superstition. Learn about religion first, make a decision about what to believe in, second.
2. Philosophical background
Concepts of faith, proof and choice. Difference between humans and animals. Recognition of good and evil, morality and ethics, instincts, free will. Ability of a human to make choices.
3. Formulation of a religion
A constructive approach to the idea of God. Nonlocal dynamics, chaos theory. Quality from complexity. Brain cells and consciousness. Social interactions. Terminology of God, devil, angels, etc. Precise meaning of the question "Do I believe in God?". The importance of free will.
4. Reasons for religion
Purpose of human life. Concepts of hope, justice, life and death. Differences between a moral person and a religious person. Practicing self-control. Purpose of festing, monasticism and asceticism. Reasons for baptizing and other religious rituals. Promise to strive for better than one already is. Relativity of morality, ethics, good and evil. Benchmarking.
5. Misinterpretations of religion
Being misinformed produces half-arguments. Logical contradictions of God. Preventing evil in the world, wars and natural disasters. Fear of unknown natural phenomena. Proofs of (in)existance of God. "If there were a proof, I would be a believer.". Relationship between man and God.
6. Abuse of religion
Church institutions, priests, behavior rules. Politicizing religion. Coupling religion to lack of understanding. Inquisition, crusade wars, etc. Pharaons and pyramids.
7. Religion and science
Compatibility of religion and science. Difference between definitions, facts and choices. Ontological questions, borderline between science and religion. Carl Sagan, Robert Zemeckis and the "Contact" movie.
8. Evolution versus creation
Asking the wrong questions. The garbage-in-garbage-out law. Evolution of human body, creation of human soul. Cosmology and creation of physical world. The Book of Genesis. Quantum mechanics, human consciousness, observability. Relativity and frames of reference.
9. Did man create God?
Definitions of "create". Existence of God prior to existence of humans. The potential alien civilizations. Intelligence, life and God.
Psychological versus material. Ressurections, walking on water, etc. Quantum mechanics, probability, many-worlds interpretation. Explaining the inexplicable. Strength of faith. Human memory, facts and interpretation. The meaning and purpose of miracles.
11. Criticism of religion
The concept of choice back and forth. Meaning of existence without proof. Can religion be outgrown? Amount of "dead weight" around a serious religious belief. Many religions, core differences, skewed interpretations, heresy, plagiarism. Knowing what to believe in.