First off this isn't an argument thread. This is merely a criticism of how atheists deal with religion and awaring them on a very good theory that can help them get rid of this problem.
**seems people are reading only half of this and completely missing the fact that I am an atheist myself**
Very brief summary of evolutionary psychology:
Evolutionary psychology is simply a way of identifying the reason for certain cognitive processes from an evolutionary stand point.
Proponents of this state that religion has some pretty big evolutionary benefits (more so in the past, when we were more "primitive", than now).
If you're familiar with many theories in human behavior, you'll notice that there's not a single one that can be attributed to simply social or inherited factors; it's always both. We would be claiming the exact same thing for religion/spiritualism.
Obviously you can see why I might have some problems with a lot of atheist's. Atheists typically tend to resort to questioning the intelligence of religious/spiritual followers. But to be honest, atheists don't really have any strong scientific back up either. We have some good arguments, of course, but they're usually the result of religion not fitting in very well with current society. But society can go through an incredible change and religion will still be there. It's happened before and it'll happen again.
In other words, no matter how much logical merit an athiests argument may have, it'll be just as useless as a theological argument unless we can come up with scientific proof. Evolutionary psychology can help make substantial progress in this respect.
Now I'm not in the business of debating, I follow this theory strictly on the scientific merit that it has. In fact, I've read a lot more on other topics of evolutionary psychology than I have in the subject of religion. My reason for making this thread is because I grew tired of the hypocrisy that atheists have been spewing out.
I really recommend you practice what you preach and educate yourselves. I think this will largely move from being a debate to us actually understanding that atheism isn't something we chose because we're super smart. Both inheritance (or in our case non-inheritance), as well as social factors, play a huge role in our decision not to believe.
I'm really in no place to teach evolutionary psychology. But if you have any simple questions you think I can answer then I will try my best. If you want to argue the theory, consider doing some research of your own. I kept the explanation of it extremely brief so I'm expecting people to have some problems with it, obviously.
But if you're already aware of the theory and well educated on it then I'd love to hear what you think about it. Whether it's negative or not.