Most of human behaviors [secular and theistic] can be reduced to the existential factors. This 'existential' element we are referring to is merely a tip of an iceberg with very complex sets of variables under it.Eduk wrote: ↑January 16th, 2018, 10:09 amBy the way when I pointed out everything is reducible to existential the terms that was to remove the uniqueness from any given religion. For example I am an atheist for existential reasons (if you so care to reduce it). By which I mean existential reasons are not a reason to be religious per say, anymore than they are a reason not to be religious.
What is critical is to find out how this basic existential factor compels the majority of theists to believe in a God while others do not believe in a God.
The consequences of theism is while there are psychological benefits to the majority of humans, theism is double-edged and has contributed a significant share of evils and violence to humanity ever since it emerged. The trend is the cons of theism are outweighing its pro moving forward into the future and this could potentially be a fatal threat to the human species.
Thus it is critical to find out the trigger points that lead theists to theism so that humanity can make attempts to resolve the associated evil and violence from theism. This is for the future not the present.
We are also aware the existential factors also compel other humans to non-theistic spirituality to deal with the existential crisis and these non-theistic spirituality at their core (note core) do not have any evil and violence baggage.
The existential factors also triggers other humans to commit secular good and secular evils.
We are dealing with the theistic perspective in compliance with this religious section of the forum.
From the above, since theism has such a potential threat to the human species, it would be rational to understand the existential factors that trigger theists to theism and from there direct [modulate] them [voluntarily] to the benign non-theistic spirituality [after repackaging to be generic].