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Published 03/02/2010 | 05:00

David Quinn may well be right when he insists that deep down people are still religious because they want and need it (Irish Independent, January 29).

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It tells us nothing however about the veracity of this belief. The dangerous effect of religious faith is easier to observe. It asks humans to surrender one of its most important faculties -- reason -- and to believe without evidence.

It was in this atmosphere that Francisco Goya noted that the sleep of reason brings forth monsters.

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