Religion Exploits Identity

Religion exploits the part of the brain that controls identity. You can’t rationally argue someone out of their religion because they see it as who they are. To drop the religion, they must not only come to see it as false, they must drop their emotional attachments to those who share the religion, they must wean themselves of the comfort of an imaginary superparent and they must create a new identity. So perceived truth or falsehood has almost nothing to do with attachment to a religion. Think of it as like weaning a child from a dirty security blanket or a teddy bear they pretend protects them from all harm.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)