Ok lately, well for the past few months, I've been thinking about things like God and existence. I'm atheist if anyone is wondering, just to get that out there. I'm thinking about writing an essay and here are somethings that have been on my mind and I was just wondering if anyone here has some further reading I could do or maybe throw in some input on them. I'm not going to give my opinion on them just yet just pose the questions: Why does God exist? As in why did we even bother to create the concept or the idea. I would like some further reading on this though, if you have an opinion it would be nice for you to give something to substantiate it instead of just saying stuff like 'people are insecure'. What compels us as a species to search out and attempt to answer questions surrounding existence, intelligence, or consciousness etc. Why must God(s) be a certain way in particular religions? -It's always confused me, whenever I read philosophical writings on God it's always elaborate explainations of why God necessarily exists. People then just apply 'oh and God is all powerful, all caring etc. What does religion have to do as far as God is concerned. Can God survive without religion? These questions might seem juvenile but they have certainly caused some intrigue for me.