Influenced by popular impression, many of us remain convinced that the United States is a Christian nation, enshrined by Constitutional authority. It is not. The founding fathers of the nation were the historically aware scholars of their time. They knew of the long history of religious wars, starting in Biblical accounts, on through the Crusades, the Inquisition and Martin Luther's di . . .
FEAR — Origin of Religion — Continued
A ruler's dream! If one could gain control of the developing creed; place into use the rules that would be most helpful to the ruler; justify it for being mandatory because God said so; use personal leadership and charisma to train and imbue the most trusted adjutants in the same belief; a tranquil status quo could be maintained; and then, because of resulting peace, 'it would be possible t . . .