Religion provides hope

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One common apologetic is the argument that religion provides hope, or meaning, or the assurance of the love of God, and that taking away a person's religion would be cruel.

Counter-arguments

Whether or not religion provides hope or meaning has nothing to do with whether it is true.

This argument is comparable to the statement, "It would be cruel to take away someone's antidepressants, since that person would succumb to depression". This may be true in some (perhaps even many) cases, but in general it is better to raise people not to require drugs to be happy. Similarly, it is better to be able to find hope and meaning without having to resort to religion.

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