Why There Is No God

Religion, particularly organized religion, provides many people with a sense of purpose
and community. As we discussed in Chapter 12, religious communities can have many
beneficial effects and often sit at the core of a person’s cultural identity, but that does
not make the claims of those religions true. In reality, religion itself does not assign
meaning to an individual’s life. Instead, individuals choose to give their lives meaning
through the activities they pursue and the convictions they hold. Meaning can be found
outside of religion, and seeking one’s own meaning in life can be far more fulfilling than
following the rules of an outside religious authority.