Having read the thread about the bish who keeps complaining, it got me seriously thinking about religion and what it means to me. Standby for some deep shit: Personally I don't believe in a God as such. I go to church for Remembrance Day, weddings, funerals etc. for all the obvious reasons and I got married in a CofE church but this was to reflect English tradition more than anything else. Much in the same way that I don't think London cabs are the most efficient form of transport, I still like to have them around as it is a part of our history and culture. A quote that sums up God for me from a mental Aussie film which contains rape, incest and cat murder, but that's for a different thread: I particularly like the last sentence; ''take responsibility for who you are.'' This pretty much sums up all religion for me, it is a way of laying blame upon something else to cover up our faults, an outside source of control to your life that you can blame when things don't go your way. As for an afterlife, I like to look at it logically. As mentioned in the quote, everything on Earth is made up of a series of chemical particles, these particles never disappear, but they can take on a different form, therefore when you die the particles you are made of still exist but they maybe dispersed by whatever means your body is disposed of. I.E. If you are cremated the particles will be dispersed as ash and smoke by the wind, if you are buried at sea, the particles will be dispersed by fish who eat you and then shit you out. As these particles are dispersed eventually they take on a different form I.E. a particle that was carried by the wind may end up becoming a piece of soil that in turn becomes a plant which is then eaten by an animal. It is possible that certain aspects of your memory or character are carried in these particles and may one day appear again as the particles take on a new form. Therefore you never completely die as one day a piece of you, no matter how small will live again in a different form. So to conclude: I don't agree with religion however I will happily go to church for no other reason than I believe it reflects the culture and history of this Country. I believe the idea of God to be absurd, and I believe existence can clearly be explained by Darwin's theory of evolution. I think people take comfort in religion as a way of shirking responsibilty for their own actions and behaviour. I believe that the arrangement of particles in our bodies never die and simply live on in a different, re-arranged form.