Why didn’t God prevent the violence and bloodshed that happened in the name of him/her?

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Answer by Anthony Sargeant:

The simple answer is because God does not exist in the sense of an external being –  there is no external "him" or "her" "out there". There is only us. God is a 'construct' of a social animal, homo sapiens, and that 'construct' deludes the individual animal into patterns of behaviour  which ensures that the gene survives – the individual's tribal gene that is – even at the expense of other tribes or sometimes of the individual  herself or himself.
As long ago as 1842 Feuerbach noted that the secret of all theology was anthropology – and that religious beliefs were nothing but the projections of human qualities and human values onto a (non-existent) deity. We now have a better understanding of genetics and social and evolutionary biology and can put Feuerbach's observations into a broader  perspective.

Why didn't God prevent the violence and bloodshed that happened in the name of him/her?

Why did God create mankind?

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Answer by Anthony Sargeant:

The question is the wrong way round it should read "Why did humankind create God?"
(There is quite a good answer to that framed in the context of evolutionary social biology)
Also off course, and at least in the Abrahamic faiths (judaism, Christianity, and Islam), one could substitute 'man' for humankind which accounts for the misogynistic ground of much of that human creation.

Why did God create mankind?

Can living alone ever be joyous?

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Answer by Anthony Sargeant:

Never mind "alone" – Can living be joyous?
(But what is joyous ?)
Like all animal species our only purpose is to replicate the gene and then nurture the repository of that gene as long as necessary to ensure its survival.
After that we are just waiting to return to dust – like other animal species.

The X-ray diffraction photograph (taken by Dr Rosalind Franklin's PhD student Ray Gosling at King's College, University of London) which was without her knowledge and certainly not her approval given to Crick and Watson – read the history of DNA. Neither Crick nor Watson nor Perutz come out of it well.

Can living alone ever be joyous?